He was chair of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, for which he received a CBE, and was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours "for services to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics". On 25 May 2012, he was named as Mayor of the Olympic Village in London for the duration of the Olympics. He received a peerage in 2013.
He was listed at number 15 in the Pink List 2006. The citation said:"
- "Millionaire ITV chief Allen, 49, started out as an accountant for contract caterer Compass before joining Granada in 1991 where he was famously savaged by John Cleese as an "upstart caterer". Fifteen years on, the tenacious Scot is facing one of his biggest challenges in reversing the declining fortunes of ITV."
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