Allan, a dairy farmer’s son, was born and raised in the North East of England and has been involved with farming and the food industry throughout his career.
A graduate in Agriculture from Aberystwyth University in 1985, he spent 3 years in the MMB (Milk Marketing Board) as a Farm Management Consultant before joining Midland Bank in 1988 as a Regional Agriculture Manager. Allan has held a number of roles around the UK in HSBC, including a 7 year period as Area Director and Regional Commercial Director, prior to taking up the role of Head of Agriculture in early 2010. In 2015 he was appointed Head of Agrifoods, with specific reference to lead HSBC’s sector specialism for the whole food chain in the UK and increasingly beyond.
Allan is a Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Farmers and was awarded an Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2016.
He has been appointed as a Trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, where he also chairs the industry steering group for The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, launched in July 2016. He is involved in a number of other initiatives, more latterly the Food & Drink Sector Council’s Export Group.
Allan is married to Michelle, they have two grown up children and lives near York.