Alan Robb is an independent financial commentator, co-operative and business consultant and an Adjunct Professor at Saint Mary’s University, Canada.
He lives in Rangiora, near Christchurch, and has taught at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand where he was the Head of Department (Accountancy, Finance & Information Systems). He continues to teach continuing education courses on ‘Accounting for Non-accountants’ and ’Understanding Financial Statements – Seeing through Creative Accounting.’
His specialisations include financial accounting, fraud and company failure, business ethics, co-operatives and mutual businesses.
He has had wide business experience internationally. He is frequently consulted by the media, accounting practitioners, boards of major businesses and has been called as an expert witness by chartered accountants and before the Securities Commission.
Alan has written extensively on company and financial accounting and has authored or co-authored Accounting – Information for Action (Prentice Hall), Company Accounting in New Zealand (Wiley), Dictionary of Accounting & Finance Terms (Longman), Australian Dictionary of Accounting & Finance Terms (Longman), ‘Business Ethics in New Zealand’ in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management (2ed).
He is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Co-operative Studies (UK), the International Journal of Co-operative Management (UK), the Journal of Rural Co-operation (Israel), Accountancy, Business and the Public Interest (UK).
Alan has been a keynote speaker at seminars organised by:
- The Commonwealth Association for Corporate Governance
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand
- Monash University Agribusiness Co-operative Leadership Forum
- Cooperative Business New Zealand
- The New Zealand Association of Credit Unions
- The International Cooperative Alliance
He is widely respected as an independent and authoritative commentator on co-operatives and general business issues.
Alan is an accredited presenter of The LEADing Board, a governance programme developed for current and potential cooperative directors and senior managers.