Allan has held academic positions at Oxford University (Geophysics) and Curtin University of Technology (Mineral Economics) and worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, engaged in both strategy and operations-focused client work. Allan maintains an academic affiliation as Professor at the University of Western Australia Business School and as Research Professor (Risk & Value), Center for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia.
Allan's current focus is on corporate strategy and operations consulting, coupled with mineral markets analysis.
Allan gained mining experience and exposure to operations whilst at WMC (Kambalda, Leinster) and also at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, Australia's largest gold operation – a joint venture company owned by Barrick Gold and Newmont Australia.
Allan holds Masters degrees in Mineral Economics (WA School of Mines, Distinction) and in Business Administration (Oxon. Distinction), a doctorate in Geophysics (Glasgow) and an Honours degree in Geology/Geophysics (Royal School of Mines, London). He is the author of nine books on Resource Sector Management and the Financial Analysis of Minerals Companies.