Born in Dunedin, Allan attended Kings High School and Otago University.
He has 30+ years experience of Educational Leadership and has been Principal in 8 different schools including Senior Secondary (both large and small); Year 1-13 Area School; Single Sex (boys) School. He has also had leading roles with the Ministry of Education.
Allan has a passion for education and bringing out the best in all students. In 2015 he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Education.
He has written his reflections with the aim of assisting new principals, aspiring principals and teachers alike.
Allan is retired and lives in Rotorua, New Zealand.