Allan was born in Stirling, brought up in Kilsyth and lives in Dunblane. From 1979 he worked on local newspapers including the Bishopbriggs Times, Clydebank Post and Stirling Observer, before joining The Sun as a sub-editor in 1987.

In 1993 he was hired by the Daily Record where he served as Deputy Sports Editor, Features Editor and Assistant Editor before joining the Sunday Mail as Deputy Editor in 1999.

Allan’s portfolio includes the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, The Paisley Daily Express and 16 weekly titles ranging from the Strathearn Herald to the Ayrshire Post.

Outside work, Allan’s main interest is running having completed marathons in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York (twice) and Chicago, although he has still to win one.