Ian B. Allen
OAM, BEc, MAdmin, FAICD, FAIM
Ian Allen holds a Bachelor of Economics and Master of Administration from Monash University. He spent over 30 years in personnel development, executive secretariat, marketing, customer policy and service, and developed wide ranging customer policy initiatives that impacted on more than a million electricity customers throughout Victoria with significant policies introduced Australia-wide. In the early eighties Ian lead an international marketing strategy to attract energy intensive industries, which brought major investment to Victoria creating many hundreds of jobs.
Ian commenced with Pratt Holdings more than 26 years ago and has been involved with a range of activities including the arts, philanthropy, corporate citizenship, investment projects, major corporate entertainment, family entertainment and events, recycling, cost reduction programs, property management, aviation, publishing and Government relations.
He is a trustee of Pratt Philanthropies and a director of foundations at the Collingwood and Carlton football clubs, Entertainment Assist, Global Citizen, Australian Jewish Funders and the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal. Ian is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
With sixty years involvement in the entertainment industry as a performer, musical director, producer, promoter and importer of international artists, he has shared the stage with many acclaimed international artists including Tom Jones, Rick Nelson, Bobby Rydell, Gene Pitney, Del Shannon and Chubby Checker as well as an array of Australian artists such as Normie Rowe, Glen Shorrock, Doug Parkinson, Johnny Chester and Lucky Starr.
He has been actively involved in producing events in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The performers on some events were as diverse as Muhammad Ali, Paul Anka, Tony Curtis, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Queen, Village People and Bob Geldof. Often using a nom-de-plume, Ian has published articles about various aspects of rock-n-roll both in Australia and internationally. Ian was a Director of the Victorian Rock Foundation, the Australian Contemporary Music Development Company (AUSMUSIC), Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and a Council member of Philanthropy Australia. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 1998.