Old Blue Allan Jones has faced numerous dangerous and life threating situations during his varied career. Allan’s diverse roles have included working as an Undercover Narcotics Agent in Sydney, and working alongside the FBI and DEA to train Iraqi investigators during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007.
How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat?
The Blue Coat School, and by that I mean the management, teachers and the level of education was excellent. The School offered students every opportunity to excel, either academically or within sport. I excelled in several sports, representing Merseyside Grammar Schools at football and I won the infamous Blue Coat Mystery Mile race twice!
How did your experience at the School prepare you for your career?
Throughout my varied career, honesty, integrity and respect for others have been of paramount importance. The atmosphere at the School taught me that I needed those essential ingredients if I was to have a successful career. I gained empowerment by concentrating on my strengths, common sense, good interpersonal skills, adaptability, commitment to task and flexibility. Whilst I must credit my Mum for teaching me right from wrong, the School’s teachings and behavioural standards ingrained as a Blue Coat boy also ensured that I never strayed. For that I am eternally grateful! I took pride in the School and its history and gained an understanding of the type of behaviour required by an Old Blue.
Living in Australia has taught me you, ‘always look after your mate’, this was as synonymous to me as the Blue Coat School motto, Non Sibi Sed Omnibus.
What has been your path since leaving School?
Since emigrating to Australia in 1972 I have had a varied career. My working environment has on many occasions placed me in dangerous and life-threatening situations.
During the late 1970s I worked for the Australian Narcotics Bureau as an Undercover Narcotic Agent in Sydney, and then as an Investigator and Surveillance Operative in the city of Brisbane. In 1996 I was promoted to the position of Senior Investigator with the Western Australia Anti – Corruption Commission in Perth, where I investigated corruption within government agencies. Then in 2004 I began to work for the Department of Education. Due to my success in establishing an anti – corruption program within the Department I was assigned to Brunei, South East Asia where I assisted officials with their anti – corruption education program.
In 2007-8 I was seconded to the Coalition Forces Law & Order Task Force in the Iraqi Capital of Baghdad, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Together with other law enforcement experts from the USA, including the FBI, DEA and AFT I was tasked with training Iraqi Investigators in criminal investigations. I returned to the country in 2011 to assess the Iraqi Justice Department as part of an advisory team belonging to the American Centre for State Courts.
What do you do now?
I am now retired and reside in Thailand, where I am learning the language and writing my autobiography for my grandchildren.
What would be your advice to students at the Blue Coat today?
I would remind them of the great opportunities that this School provides each individual to develop both academically and socially. I would urge them to take every opportunity offered to achieve the academic qualifications they require for the career path they have chosen, whilst also developing their social skills.