Alison McCaffrey is an Associate Director in FRA’s London office. Alison is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience working in forensic accounting, investigations and contract compliance and licensing reviews. Alison is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Alison has worked across various industries in over 20 countries in Europe, USA, Africa and Asia.
Alison has worked on large scale investigations into fraudulent financial reporting in the retail and construction sectors. She has worked on an investigation into FCPA breaches resulting in the global drinks company being fined almost $20m. She worked on an investigation in the oil and gas industry into an employee who stole over £1m in a tax fraud scheme. Alison has worked on various investigations into whistle-blower allegations of fraud, irregularities and poor governance across the government, school, transport and council sectors. Alison has also performed an investigation into a leak of confidential government information to the media.
Alison managed supply chain reviews across EMEA for two of the largest global technology companies. This involved performing reviews to assess whether the licensed distributors in the supply chain were adhering to the terms of their contracts (i.e. specific contract clauses around the manufacture, purchase, sale, storage or destruction of IP) and, where applicable, that all royalties due had been accurately calculated and paid. Alison has also performed contract compliance review in the communications, retail, publishing, entertainment and chemicals industries.
Alison has worked on various projects in the financial services sector, including a 166 review into a rogue trader who cost the bank $36m in losses and an investigation into disputed assets as part of an administration following the collapse of a global financial services firm. She has also performed financial crime controls reviews at various financial services institutions and an investigation into fraudulent financial reporting in a FTSE 100 company in the insurance sector who were fined €3.5 million for regulatory breaches.
Prior to joining FRA, Alison spent 14 years with PwC’s forensics team, and one year in the Department for International Developments Internal Audit Investigation Services team. She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Maths with French from Heriot-Watt University, which included spending an exchange year at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and a Masters (MSc) in Operational Research from Strathclyde University. Alison is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.