Allan lives in Dunblane and worked as a journalist on a variety of newspapers including the Stirling Observer and edited the Sunday Mail and Daily Record. Latterly, he was Managing Director of Media Scotland responsible for two national titles, Business Insider magazine, an events division and 17 regional newspapers. Allan brings a wealth of communication and management knowledge to the role having worked on a diverse portfolio of businesses with a focus on people, performance and partnership.
Allan served on the independent review panel into the police complaints system in Scotland and is an expert member in the Scottish Government’s short life working group on public interest journalism. He is also honorary professor of Media Studies at the University of Stirling. Allan’s roles include vice-chair of Clackmannanshire and Stirling IJB, chair of NHS Forth Valley Staff Governance Committee and chair of NHS Forth Valley Organ Donation Committee.