Mr Alan Roan

Director, Cervus Defence and Security Ltd, London

Alan Roan is an ex British Army officer who spent the majority of his time in the Infantry serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Royal Ghurkha Rifles. He has served on operations in Northern Ireland, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia. Reaching the rank of Major, he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service.

After leaving the Army, he became involved in analytical work for an organisation called Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL) where he provided the UK government with advice on soldier systems, and high level policy and strategy advice. He later joined Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) working in the experimental branch, testing future government strategies and defence force structures.

From the DCDC, he was asked to join Saab Technologies (UK) as their experimental and development lead. There, he conducted some trials with their DTES equipment for a C-IED training issue that the UK Army was experiencing. Using Saab’s technology, they proved that there were some serious faults in the way in which the army was using handheld metal detectors. Mr Roan developed the technology and training mechanism to fix this issue and delivered the technology and training across the Army’s preparations for Afghanistan. The delivery of this system called Collective C-IED Trainer (CCT) was awarded the Minister for Defence Technology Best Urgent Operational Requirement Award 2011.