Allan has been a board member of NZWCA since its formation in 2006 and is its longest serving member.
His employer until early 2010 was Meat & Wool New Zealand and its predecessor organisations where he worked for some 50 years. It was toward the end of this period when he had responsibility for overseeing a range of wool industry good programmes. This included grants to industry good organisations in the wool sector, managing meat and wool levy support of ITO training and managing scholarships for undergraduate and post graduate wool scholars. During this time, he was assigned to work with wool industry interests to undertake the formation of NZWCA and in this role he was invited by the industry to continue his involvement by becoming a board member.
Allan grew up on a Canterbury sheep and beef farm and for many years was a partner in a livestock farming operation in North Canterbury. He graduated from Lincoln University in the days when an introduction to wool classing training was a component of every agricultural degree and diploma qualification on offer.
During his career he held a range of senior roles including two periods as European Director of the Meat Producers Board and a 12-month period as Acting CEO for the global organisation. His experience covered roles in research and development, marketing, leadership and human capability development as well as serving as a director of a number of industry organisations.
He is currently a business advisor to a number of organisations including being the business manager for the Poplar and Willow Research Trust and Facilitator of the Wool Industry Education Trust. He, and his wife Heather, own and manage a small olive grove North of Wellington.