John Allan

John Allan

John Allan’s early career was spent with Lever Brothers (Unilever), Bristol-Myers Company and Fine Fare. He became Chief Executive of Exel plc, the supply chain logistics company, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer and a Board Member of Deutsche Post AG in 2007 and a Board Member of Deutsche Postbank AG the following year.

Amongst other senior roles, he has been Chairman of Dixons Retail and later Co-Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of the enlarged Dixons Carphone. 

Board Mandates

Mr Allan is currently Chairman of Tesco plc and Barratt Developments plc, as well as being Chairman of London First.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Worldpay Group plc (having been their Chairman).

Mr Allan was previously Chairman of Care UK Health & Social Care and a Non-Executive Director of the Home Office Supervisory Board.

He has been a Non-Executive Director at Royal Mail Group, PHS Group, National Grid, Wolseley, Hamleys, 3i and Connell.


Mr Allan was awarded the Queen’s Award ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in 2005 and is a Regent of the University of Edinburgh.


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