Master of the Stationers’ Company 2018 - 2019
David Allan, having completed a diploma in business studies spent five years with W H Smith the high street retailer, specialising in book and magazine sales before starting a period of general training with the family business Ian Allan Group which involved publishing, printing, travel and motor vehicle franchise. Appointed to the board in 1986 and Managing Director of Ian Allan Publishing two years later before becoming Chairman in 1996 and Ian Allan Group Chairman in 2002. During that period Ian Allan Publishing became arguably the leading specialist transport publisher in the UK as well as setting up a unique relationship with the Royal United Services Institute co publishing with them Armed Forces Magazine and developing a military history and defence list. In 2011 the Company achieved the accolade of the Best Launch of a Specialist Magazine Title with Hornby Magazine. In 1992 he was appointed Awards Manager for the Heritage Railway Awards and has been a Director of the Dart Valley Railway PLC for the past twelve years.
He served the office of Renter Warden, Chairman of the Livery Committee and Livery representative on the Court and was for four years a Trustee of the Stationers’ Foundation before becoming Chairman for a further three. He was briefly Chairman of the Industry Committee and then Chairman of the Fundraising Committee.