As the National Director White Ribbon Australia, Allan believes authentic community, stakeholder and third-party engagement can help Australians better understand the challenges of violence against women, and how to best engage men and boys in the process of cultural change.
Allan joined White Ribbon Australia – now under the custodianship of Communicare – in November 2020. He previously worked with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) as the National Director Rural and Remote and Director SA & NT Community Engagement. Prior to that he was Director of Consumer and Community Engagement at SA Health.
Allan has held several board and National Chair positions, including the National Chair for the Person and Family Centred Care Committee for Women’s Healthcare Australia and he also serves as a Board of Director for the 100% Project.
In his career, Allan has supported nationally coordinated approaches to health and community services communications and engagement, underpinned by accurate knowledge of target audience capacity, stage/s of transition and impact-based stakeholder management. He has operationalised national work packages through place-based and digital-first engagements in Government and Not for Profit Sectors
Allan has a deep connection with White Ribbon Australia as a former Ambassador and was instrumental in the previous workplaces becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace
or supporting primary prevention programming. He also has a strong track record working within the IAP2 framework for community engagement and has played a key role in delivering significant policy changes in children, youth and women's health services.
Over the last decade, he has gained invaluable experience in frontline service delivery to assist women and children experiencing domestic and family violence. He has also led executive management in health and Government environments to support the voice of people with lived experience.
Allan has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Management. He also undertook an Executive Excellence Program with the Premier of South Australia and 40 other South Australian executives.
Over his career, Allan has served on several health community boards, particularly within the LGBTIQ community.
His dedication and service to the public has been acknowledged with numerous accolades, including being named the 2017 Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) SA Branch Social Worker of the Year (Leading the Way), the 2017 Shared Services and Outsourcing Network (SSON) Business Transformation Leader of the Year and was recognised as Channel Nine’s Young South Australian of the Year for his work in community engagement. In 2022 he was named as LinkedIn’s Top 20 Voices on Gender Equality.