Allan Stevenson was brought up on a Scottish arable farm and has enjoyed a varied career as a CA in a broad range of private and public sector business roles.
He is currently Chairman of the Farmers Club in Whitehall, London, Chairman of Pension Schemes, senior advisor with an insuretech start-up and running an arable farm in East Lothian.
After a business and law degree in Edinburgh his CA took him abroad and then to England where he worked in finance and commercial roles in growing private international businesses; finally returning with his family to buy out the family farming enterprise in Scotland.
He found that farming took up too much time to allow working full-time in London, so he acquired a portfolio of NED roles and a DEFRA Chair appointment, taking him into the agriculture and science policy environment, with an interest in the sustainability of food, farming and the green agenda.
This involved some time developing relationships in China and elsewhere on matters concerning the global potato industry. These years spawned a strong interest in agriculture and international food security issues.
Views from the board
Having heard investors that I know well, actively stepping back from investing in the Scottish economy, I fear for the future and am urging business leaders to share their support for Scotland to remain in the Union of the United Kingdom. It will only be by strength of voice and an evidenced based case that we will be able to defend the will of Scottish businesses of all sizes to remain in the Union.
— Robert D. Kilgour
Patriotism is a love for your country and as a proud Scot I have spent my career helping to build economic opportunities and in attracting investment. I am also proud to be British and passionately want the United Kingdom to endure. To succeed in that aim, we must acknowledge that remaining part of the Union is a key lynchpin in growing Scotland’s wealth.
— Jack Perry CBE