Fiona Allan is an eminent international performing arts leader.
She has worked in positions of both artistic and executive leadership with Curve Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre, Sydney Film Festival, and Sydney Opera House. She was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome in October 2015 and since then has taken the organisation on a journey of transformation, more than doubling the number of people reached each year.
Ms Allan is currently President of UK Theatre, Chair of the Midlands Regional Tourism Board, a Director of Women of the Year, West Midlands Growth Company, Stage One and a member of the ACE Midlands Regional Council, Creative Industries Federation Council and Midlands Engine Business Council.
In October 2018 she was presented with the inaugural Women of the Year ‘Woman with Edge’ award and the following year the ‘Outstanding Business Woman of the Year’ Award by the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce. In April 2021 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands.
Ms Allan was born in Sydney. Her first degree was a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Sydney. She worked as a clarinettist for several years before studying a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and later an MBA from the University of Technology Sydney, where she later became an adjunct lecturer. She enjoys horse riding and travel and has combined the two on riding holidays in the Western Sahara, Wadi Rum Desert, Atlas Mountains and Eastern Europe.