Meet Branch Councillor (and Executive member) Ian Allan – a teacher at King Island District High School.

Branch Council’s collective decisions reign supreme so it’s a good idea you get to know your local Councillor. Branch Council meets each Term to debate, discuss and endorse policy. Councillors represent you so you’re strongly encouraged to share your views, ideas and proposals for motions with them.

Do you have a favourite place? Yes, King Island is the greatest.

How did you get into education? Initially, I was only interested in training as a teacher as it was an opportunity to leave home.  I have grown to love the job.

What couldn’t you live without and what are your three favourite things? Family comes first.  Holidays second and the third is a secret.

Thinking about your workplace, if you had a magic wand what would you wish for? I have a great work place but I would love a bigger budget. 

Why union? In an ideal world you wouldn’t need unions, but the world isn’t ideal. 

How do you like to wind down and relax? My wind down starts with a run or a ride followed by my poor impersonation of being a master chef. 

Are you a reader? I only read fiction in the holidays.  Sadly my latest read was a manual on meeting procedure.  But I did recently read an Australian Classic, the compilation NT News Headlines, you can’t go past the headline “Why I stuck a cracker up my clacker?”

If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would it be and what would you eat? Heston Blumenthal, I would leave the cooking and menu up to him.

What’s a defining moment in your life? The day I was born does demand a mention.  Not that I can remember it too clearly. As the story goes my mother went in to labour in the morning and rang my father.  Instead of leaving work he suggested a taxi to the hospital or to wait until he was home.  I think this instilled a solid work ethic from a young age. 

Give us a tip about dealing with kids. Firm, fair and friendly. Tough love. 

Who inspires you? Rosie Batty.

Why did you become a Councillor? The union had been good to me so it was time for me to get involved. 

What is it about working with kids that gets you out of bed each morning? I like sleeping in so this is the wrong question for me.  But I do duty before school every morning, I love watching the students racing to school. 

What do you daydream about? During meetings my mind goes to all sorts of places.  I do dream about someone saying “meeting closed” .