Allan Macdonald was born and bred in Stornoway, educated in Aberdeen where he gained a BSc (Hons) Geology and Petroleum Geology and at Heriot Watt to MSc level in Petroleum Engineering. He has worked in the oil and gas industry gaining experience in both drilling and production operations for multinational companies within the UK and abroad. Since 2006 he has worked as Managing Director for a local business in the retail sector.
He enjoys outdoor pursuits and is an active member and qualified coach with Stornoway Canoe Club. He was appointed to the Stornoway Port Authority as a matter of public service which he feels is extremely important in a small community. He also recognises the importance of the Port to the people of the Western Isles.