Past Pupil Profiles

Alan Johnston 1986 - 1993

Alan is responsible for all of Moy Park’s feed mills throughout the UK and in March 2014 was elected President of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA).

Alan began his career with O’Kane Poultry in 1997 as a Broiler Field Officer and in 1999 moved to McLarnons Feed Mill as assistant Mill Manager and then progressed to the role of General Manager.

In November 2010 he took up his current position with Moy Park as UK General Manager, Feed Mills, responsible for over one million tonnes of feed annually.

Commenting on his role in NIGTA he pointed out that the work of the Association covers a wide spectrum including feed quality and traceability plus environmental issues, liaison with other farming organisations and lobbying on behalf of the agri food industry.

He added: "We are currently progressing our Food Fortress scheme to ensure that farmers here have leading world standards of feed safety and traceability."

Alan is a past pupil of Clough Primary School, Co.Antrim and Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena. He was also a member of Glarryford Young Farmers Club.

From a farming/milling background, he said: "My father worked for Morton’s Flour Mill in Ballymena, and that is possibly where I got the bug for milling."

Alan studied General Agriculture at Greenmount specialising in advanced nutrition and spent his industry placement year working in the turkey department at O’Kane Poultry and on a Canadian beef lot.

He has a keen interest in rugby, having played 1st XV at school, then captained the Greenmount team, played for Ulster Colleges and Universities, and at club level for Ballymena and Ballymoney.