Allan has extensive experience across regional, national and European policy making. Following the Mayoral election of 2017, Allan was asked by the newly elected Mayor, Andy Street CBE, to join his team as Senior Policy Adviser at the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Allan was elected to Coventry City Council in 2008 and is currently in his fourth year as Deputy Leader of the Opposition at the City Council. Allan currently serves as Deputy Chairman of the West Midlands Region and on the Association Finance Board at Conservative Party HQ.
Allan has previously worked as an adviser to the Chief Whip of the Conservative Delegation of MEPs in the UK, Brussels and Strasbourg, and as Head of Office for a Member of Parliament and Government Minister. His previous positions include business relations at Rolls-Royce and as Public Affairs Adviser at Cadent, formerly National Grid Gas Distribution.
Allan has held a variety of Non-Executive Directorships including at Whitefriars Housing, part of the WM Housing Group, one of the region’s largest not-for-profit social housing businesses. He has also served on the Board at the Bond’s Hospital Estate Charity in Coventry and spent five years on the Board of Trustees at the Coventry and Migrant Refugee Centre, which provides information and practical help to refugees and asylum seekers in the Coventry area. In his spare time, he is a long-suffering supporter of Newcastle United.
In September 2019, Allan announced that he would step down as a city councillor after 12 years in the role. However, due to the postponement of both the local and mayoral elections, Allan will continue to represent the people of Earlsdon until May 2021.