An Aberdonian, Alan Watt Marr attended Mile-End Primary School and then Aberdeen Grammar School. On leaving School he continued his studies at Aberdeen University and Aberdeen College of Commerce emerging in 1978 with an SHND in Accounting. Alan joined the firm of Jas. Henry Reid & Son as a CA student qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. Shunning the lure of the Big 6 post qualifying, he has remained with Jas. Henry Reid becoming a partner in 1985. In 1994 Alan oversaw the merger with another local practice to form the merged firm of Bain Henry Reid where he is senior partner.
Alan played hockey at School but his passion was music and he played a number of instruments. This love of music continues with Alan still playing with Granite City Brass and Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra. Alan admits his favourite subject at School was Maths under the watchful eye of Mr Flett and further admits the proofs of the Sine Rule and Cosine Rule are as fresh to him today as they were back in the 70’s.
Alan is married to Mairi and they have three children, two boys and a girl, each attaining the position of Head Boy and Head Girl in their final year at Harlaw Academy. He is an elder of the Church of Scotland and an occasional golfer at Deeside Golf Club. Alan was treasurer of the parent Club from 1998 to 2013.