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Tim Allan
Timothy Neil Allan
Occupation(s)Public relations consultant and was an advisor to Tony Blair from 1992 to 1998

Timothy Neil Allan is a public relations consultant and a former advisor to Tony Blair from 1992 to 1998.[1] He is the founder and managing director of Portland Communications, which he grew to be one of the leading public affairs consultancies in London, England.[2][3]

He is reported to have sold a majority stake in Portland in April 2012 to US marketing services company Omnicom for £20 million.[4]


He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, Godalming Sixth Form College, and Pembroke College, Cambridge (B.A., 1992).[5]

Allan completed an MBA at Insead in 2000.[6]


Allan started his political advisor role as a researcher for Tony Blair in opposition as shadow home secretary. He then became deputy press secretary for Blair when he became leader of the Labour Party in 1994. From 1997 he was deputy director of communications at 10 Downing Street, reporting to Alastair Campbell.[2]

Between 1998 and 2001, he was director of corporate communications at BSkyB.[4]

Allan founded public relations consultancy Portland in 2001. The Guardian reported that the consultancy launched on the back of a contract from then BSkyB chief executive Tony Ball, who had previously been Allan's boss.[4] In April 2012, Allan was reported to have sold a majority stake in Portland to media marketing company Omnicom, for an estimated £20 million.[3]

Allan served as chair of the Young Foundation between 2012 and 2016.[7][8]


  1. ^ Allan, Tim (2 October 2010). "An open letter to Ed Miliband: 'If you bury the lessons of New Labour you will bury the party'". The Observer. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Singleton, David (13 May 2009). "Profile: Tim Allan, MD, Portland". PR Week UK. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Omnicom Acquires Majority Stake In UK Firm Portland". PRovoke Media. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  4. ^ a b c "Tim Allan to sell majority stake in Portland to Omnicom in £20m deal". the Guardian. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Allan, Timothy Neil, Managing Director, Portland, since 2001". Who's Who. 1 December 2014. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U274612. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 10 June 2018. {{cite book}}: |website= ignored (help)
  6. ^ "Tim Allan Office". Tim Allan Office. 20 March 2024. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Portland MD Tim Allan to chair The Young Foundation". PR Week. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2024.
  8. ^ "The Young Foundation: Report and Financial Statements". Charity Commission for England and Wales. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2024.

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