Thirty-one years after joining the Stationers’ Company, on 3rd July, David Allan was elected Master of the Stationers’ Company with an ambition to ‘use the past to plan the future’.
David Allan is Chairman of the Ian Allan Group, a business founded by his father to publish rail and other transport titles. Today its publishing side is focused on Masonic titles and the group also includes corporate travel, property and organic seaweed extract.
David said, “Stationers has proved to be a really good networking organisation. Some of the best people in the content and communications world are in it and are happy to provide advice and chat over problems and opportunities which are common to us all. It remains a really relevant organisation with its lectures, talks and round tables and the broadening of the membership has allowed us to address an even wider range of issues and to learn from the entire supply chain. You get to hear about and understand the whole process.”
Building work, and the fundraising to enable modernisation to go ahead at Stationers’ Hall and the adjacent church St Martin-within-Ludgate, will be progressed during his term of office. Already the Company’s archive has moved to the new Tokefield Centre but there are plans which will safeguard the fabric of the Hall and provide facilities to safeguard the future of the Company.
David is passionate about attracting new talent into the industries that the Company represents. It is for that reason that his favourite role within Stationers was as a Trustee of the Stationers’ Foundation where, under his chairmanship, the bias changed from donations of equipment to schools to increasing the number of bursaries to post-graduate students who are planning careers in our industries and, in partnership with Civitas, the introduction of Saturday schools, which focus on improving literacy.
David says that he has been greatly supported and encouraged by fellow Liveryman and particularly the Court where he has served for ten years. He admires many within the Company but it is the Clerk William Alden who he singles out for special mention.
He added, “William is a first-class Clerk. He is very popular and good in his role because he understands the Livery and the industries it represents.”