Prior to joining Watermark in the Government practice, Allan has the last four years been responsible for establishing the National Government, NFP and Education practices at a Sydney based APAC challenger brand. He has a near flawless completion track record since commencing in Executive Search more than a decade ago – and never takes on a project unless he can deliver it with exceptional quality and an excellent outcome. His key expertise is in identifying and attracting a balance of sector credibility, commercial results and an ability to develop and translate government policy into high level and practical outcomes. He intimately understands the nuances that exist at the nexus of public, private and social purpose sectors. Prior to his Executive Search career, which has included 7 years with a top-five global search firm in a senior leadership capacity, he held a business analysis and management role at Deutsche Bank AG in which he was responsible for operational performance.
Today, he focuses on significant cultural, workforce and operational transformation initiatives – where speed, impact and cost efficiency are paramount. This includes projects arising from government agencies re-orientating themselves to ensure cutting-edge, interactive, holistic and meaningful customer experiences; within an increasingly complex and competitive global education landscape and attracts industry practitioners who deliver students who are work ready and global in their approach; as well as assisting at the nexus between public and private sector infrastructure joint venture or franchise arrangements that meet communities demand for amenity, flexibility and connection to their cities.
Allan understands the nuances of working with Boards, having held roles at the University of Technology’s Post Graduate Corporate and Government Outreach Program, the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, and the Asia Pacific Board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. He is presently a Non-Executive Director of Korrana Children and Services Family which provide early education as well as child disability services across the Inner West and South-West areas of Sydney.
Allan is a member of the Global Golden Key Honours Society recognizing excellence in academic achievement. His most recent qualification is a Masters of Management (Honours) from the University of Technology Sydney. He is a Professional Member of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, and is presently undertaking Micro Expressions and Subtle Expressions practitioner certification through the Paul Eckman Group in the United States.