Who is Sir Alex Allan? He’s just resigned from his government role as Boris Johnson’s adviser and, following the recent allegations surrounding Priti Patel, people want to know more about him and his career.
Sir Alex Allan conducted the report into allegations of bullying against Priti Patel, and reportedly put forward his conclusion that he felt Patel had “not consistently met the high standard expected of her.”
Then, shortly thereafter, Sir Alex Allan announced his resignation. In a statement he said:
“I recognise that it is for the Prime Minister to make a judgement on whether actions by a minister amount to a breach of the ministerial code, but I feel that it is right that I should now resign from my position as the Prime Minister’s independent adviser on the code.”
It’s not yet clear whether Sir Alex Allen is resigning from just his role as the Independent Advisor on Minister’s Interests or from the government as a whole.
Who is Sir Alex Allan?
The 69-year-old was the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. His role means he advised ministers on the handling of their private interests, to make sure there is no conflict with their work. He also investigated allegations that ministers have breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct when needed.
Sir Allan was educated at Harrow School before he went on to graduate with a BA degree in mathematics from Cambridge University in 1972. He then gained a Master’s in statistics from University College London.
Because he has a long history with Australia and lived there between 1983 and 1985, he acted as High Commissioner to Australia between 1997 and 1999. He then worked in Australia between 2001 and 2004 on a range of government and international issues.
The adviser made waves in the press in 1999 when he windsurfed down the River Thames in a suit and bowler hat during a train strike.
Where else has he worked?
After his graduation from University College London, Sir Alex Allan filled various roles in Customs & Excise and HM Treasury until 1992.
According to the Government website, he also worked as Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister, was the Government’s ‘e-Envoy’, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.