Allan was born in Bristol and trained as an Architect at Birmingham School of Architecture where he qualified in 1981, becoming a partner in practice in 1983.
He set up Pinnegar Hayward Design in 1992, as founding partner, undertaking a mixture of architectural projects ranging from industrial, commercial, residential, and educational, and in particular work in the further education sector.
Allan has lived in Walsall for nearly thirty years with his wife and four children. His general interests include going to the theatre, walking, playing golf and enjoying family life.
Allan was appointed to Corporation in March 2011, having previously been an Associate Governor. In July 2014 he was elected Vice Chair of the Corporation and then Chair of the Corporation in February 2017. Allan stepped down as Chair of Corporation on 25 November 2021.