Tim Allan’s career has spanned politics, business and philanthropy.

After graduating from Cambridge, he worked for Tony Blair for 6 years, advising on policy and media relations in the run up to the 1997 election, and then working as Deputy Press Secretary in 10 Downing Street.

He then took up a position as Director of Communications at BskyB plc, helping to communicate the launch of digital TV to financial, regulatory and political audiences.

Following an MBA at Insead in 2000, he launched Portland, a communications agency specialising in reputation management for businesses, public bodies and high profile individuals. He built Portland into a £40 million turnover international agency, with 280 staff and offices across four continents.

He sold the business to Omnicom Inc, with the sale completing at the end of 2019.

He stood down from Portland following the sale to pursue other interests and is currently exploring opportunities in politics and in public service as well as business. His career in Downing Street, UK media and at Portland has given him an unrivalled knowledge of the intersection between politics, media and business.

He has served as Chair of the Young Foundation, has sat on Teach First’s Business Advisory Council, has supported the Jo Cox Foundation and gives frequent talks as part of the Speakers For Schools programme.

He can be contacted at tim@timallanoffice.com