After graduating from Glasgow University Allan Johnston followed a career in the steel and aluminium industries which culminated in him being an Executive Director of Corus Group Plc. Allan retired from this position in 2004, taking up the position of HR Director for Avon and Somerset Constabulary from which he retired in 2009.
He is chairman of the trustees of the £12Bn British Steel Pension Scheme, having been a trustee since 1992.
He is the Chairman of the City & Guilds Pension Scheme Trustees. He has been a councillor of City & Guilds since 1994 and a member of the Trustee Board since 2008.
He is also non-executive chairman of UK Steel Enterprise Ltd, and a non-executive director of MM&K Ltd - an FSA regulated consulting company giving advice to remuneration committees.