A journalist for 11 years from 1967 on the Financial Mail, ultimately as financial editor.
Co-founded Finance Week in 1978. Was deputy editor from magazine’s launch in 1979 and editor from 1982 until 1995. Served simultaneously as executive director.
Recipient of Afrox and Sanlam awards for financial journalism.
Wrote an unauthorised biography of hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, published by Jonathan Ball but interdicted by Kerzner from distribution.
Managing Director of BDFM (publisher of Business Day and Financial Mail) from 1997 to 2002.
SA adviser to FTSE for two years until end-December 2004, also a regular Business Report columnist during this period.
Launched Today’s Trustee in 2005.
In 2019 Allan received the Sanlam financial journalism award for lifetime achievement.