Personal Resume

Percy Allan lives in Sydney and advises on public policy, finance and management.

He has helped national, state and local governments in Australia, China, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and the Pacific Islands to reform their financial management. He has also conducted major official inquiries in Australia into local government, builders warranty insurance, the finances of the Northern Territory and NSW Boxing Day trading legislation. He has reviewed and advised over 30 local councils on their financial and infrastructure sustainability.

In 1996 Percy was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to public sector reform while he was Secretary (Head) of the NSW Treasury and Chairman of the NSW Treasury Corp between 1985 and 1994. These included adopted modern accounting and budgetary processes, the corporatisation of state trading enterprises and the conceiving of IPART (the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal that got replicated by all states of Australia).

After leaving Treasury he was Finance Director of Boral Ltd, one of Australia’s largest building materials companies, from 1994 to 1996. His achievements in overhauling the group’s financial management got featured in CFO magazine.

He was Director of the Sydney Office of The Allen Consulting Group (now ACIL Allen Consulting) from 1997 to 1998 and then founded his own public policy, management and finance advisory practice, Percy Allan & Associates Pty Ltd, in 1998.

From 1999 – 2007 he chaired the NSW Premier’s Council on the Cost and Quality of Government that reviewed the management capacity and performance of 22 state government departments.

Between 2010 and 2012 he was National President of the Australian Institute of Public Administration, the professional body of the national, state and local government sectors.

He has also chaired a financial services practice (Market Timing Pty Ltd, 1999-2015) a wholesale funds manager (Constellation Capital Management Ltd, 1999-2012), a racing code (GRNSW, 2003-2011), a sporting complex (Wentworth Park Trust, 2013-2015) and a NSW Cabinet policy advisory committee (Coal Exploration Steering Group, 2014-15).

He co-founded Market Timing Pty Ltd, a share market risk management service, in March 2009. In May 2017, Kohler & Co bought the business which is now a division of The Constant Investor. Percy remains its editor ( He is a Visiting Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, one of Australia’s leading business schools and was a member of its previous Advisory Board.

Since 1994 he has chaired the Reform Club, a non-partisan public policy forum administered by the ASX that meets quarterly to hear and question senior ministers and officials about their plans for improving public services. He is a Trustee of CEDA and a member of its Council on Economic Policy (