Co-Founder / Shareholder
Alan started his working life at Pergamon Press in 1966, before quickly progressing through the ranks to become manager of the firm’s Irish division just two years later.
After spells with Carnation Foods and then Gillette in the late 1970’s, Alan’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in; he launched a supermarket brand at a time when consumers wanted a new one-stop way to shop and opened a chain of hair salons just as ‘punk’ evolved into style-obsessed ‘glam rock’ and ‘new romanticism’. Both businesses were built up and sold on.
In 1983 Alan established AM Paper Converters, a business also founded on new thinking; turning recycled tissue into toilet paper. AM were serial innovators in their marketplace, most notably as one of the pioneers of Through-Air-Drying (TAD). Major investments in emerging technology paid off with AM forging a dominant position in the ‘own label’ tissue sector at the point supermarkets started to move their operating model in the same direction.
Employing over 600 staff and firmly positioned as one of the region’s outstanding industrial success stories, Alan sold AM Paper Group in two tranches in 1997 and 1999 establishing a substantial personal fortune.
Since then, amongst many other diverse interests, Alan co-founded Nikal in 2003 and has been a consistent supporter of the company both financially and through strategic planning input at board level.