Allan Stevenson - Chairman
Allan Stevenson, who took office as Potato Council Chairman from 21 July 2008, is also a main Board Director of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Allan was born into a farming family and spent his early years as a student on the farm before moving into the world of business and finance.
He has a Business degree from Edinburgh University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant whose early career involved a number of positions as Marketing Director, Commercial Director and Managing Director for various food service, engineering and manufacturing companies. Allan then became Group Finance Director, at EC Harris Group, a global consultancy firm in real estate capital projects.
In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director at Cobra UK (Holdings), a satellite and home automation technologies company and up until 2008 he was Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at DEGW Plc, an international workspace design consultancy.
Allan has several current positions, primarily as Director of his own arable farming company, Luffness Mains, in East Lothian, which he has been involved in for over 23 years. The company specialises in high quality pre-pack potatoes for Tesco, and was awarded the Tesco/Greenvale Scottish Potato Grower of the year in 2007. It is a LEAF Marque accredited farm. Allan is also a Governing Board member of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, chairing the Audit Committee, and a Non-Executive Director at the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Chairman of the E C Harris Group Pension Scheme.
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