Sir Allen McClay
Founder & Chairman of Almac
(21 March 1932 – 12 January 2010)
Northern Ireland lost its most passionate, visionary and generous man. Sir Allen McClay (Allen, as he preferred to be called) passed away on Tuesday 12th January, 2010 after a short illness.
Allen founded his first company, Galen Ltd, in 1968. Galen floated on the stock market in 1997 and subsequently became Northern Ireland’s first £1 billion company. However, around the year 2000 the direction of the company changed and took a different path to Allen’s vision. Allen therefore realized his substantial shareholding and formed, with his personal wealth, the organization we now know as Almac. Allen was totally committed to the organization he had built and referred frequently to the “Almac family”.
As part of his generosity he established the McClay Foundation as a charitable institution and has already donated in excess of £20 million to enhance the research capabilities at the Queen’s University of Belfast.
In order to appreciate the high esteem in which Allen was held within the world of business and politics, refer to the numerous tributes. The greatest tribute that Almac, as a company, will pay to Allen is to continue with his passion and to deliver on his vision:
“To be the leader in the generation of superior solutions for the advancement of human health.”
- Tributes from politicians and business-leaders
- Tribute from BBC website
- Tribute from Belfast Telegraph
Tributes from Portadown Times (local newspaper)
- ‘You won’t see his like again’
- Tributes come pouring in from all sectors for a ‘truly inspirational entrepreneur and philanthropist’
- Almac’s staff recall the most cherished memories of the ‘colossal’ Sir Allen
Find out more about the work of the McClay Foundation here.