Berwick Rangers can announce this week that Andrew Allan has taken up an invitation to become a Director at Shielfield Park and will formally take up the role in January when he retires from his current employment with the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he manages property programmes and projects across the UK. Professionally, Andrew is qualified in Architecture and Project Management, holding CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and APM PMQ (Association for Project Management, Project Management Qualification) and previously, also a member of BIFM (British Institute of Facilities Management – now IWFM).

Andrew is 57, married to Lorna and they have two children, Kirstin and Stuart. Stuart made regular appearances for Berwick’s under-20’s and Reserves, and followed in the footsteps of his father, who was a team-mate of former manager John Coughlin in Salvesen Boys Club. Andrew played in goal at Junior and EoSL level, and having attracted attention from Manchester City, Heart of Midlothian, Dunfermline and East Fife, he deeply regrets having never hit the radar at Shielfield.  A compound fracture of his tibia and fibula at 21 brought an end to his playing career. He has coached youth football with Dunbar Colts and led the Goalkeeping Academy there, having qualified to level 2 on SFA Goalkeeping Pathway. He is also a former Director and Captain at Dunbar Golf Club.

Having previously been a season-ticket holder at Shielfield, Andrew recently took up the post of Chair of the Supporters Trust, and is a committed volunteer on match-days.

Club Chairman John Bell said “I am delighted to welcome an individual of Andrew’s calibre onto the Board. He has an extensive range of professional skills which will be invaluable in helping us meet the challenges in maintaining and improving Shielfield Park, and has also shown himself to be very much a hands-on person around the Club. Fans may have already met Andrew staffing a turnstile or welcoming people to hospitality, and will have noticed his infectious enthusiasm for the Club.”