Tribute to Allan Sakne

Everyone involved with the British Psychological Society is saddened by the death of Allan Sakne, former Business Manager of the Society. He had been ill for a number of years.

Allan joined the Society in 1974 when it was still occupying leased premises in London and he was instrumental in bringing the Society to Leicester the following year. He oversaw a period of significant growth in income, membership numbers and staff. Allan was also responsible for the development of the Society’s first computerised membership system.  He retired in 1999.

Dr Peter Banister, current President of the British Psychological Society paid tribute: “There are many current and former staff, and members of our Society who will have fond memories of Allan’s commitment, kindness and mischievous humour. Our thoughts are with Allan’s wife Jo and his family.”



Allan's memorial and cremation will be at Lancaster & Morecambe Crematorium at 2.45pm on Monday 24th September. There will be family flowers only but donations if you wish to the Stroke Association. 

You are invited to leave messages of tribute and condolence in the comments section below.


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I remember Allan Sakne as energetic, jolly, helpful, and an excellent manager. It is so sad to think he is gone. My condolences to his family. 

Allan was one of the best managers I have ever met.He was efficient and effective and one of the main drivers behind positioning the Society where it is today. He had the knack of being able to pick good staff and left a superb team behind him; and, while it is never a requirement for a good manager to be liked, Allan achieved that as well. He was missed when he left but it is a tribute to his achievements that the Society has since continued to go from strength to strength. His marvellous sense of humour was legendary and he was a genuinely nice person as well as being a gentleman (in the best sense of that word). I was privileged to count him as a friend. He will be missed.