Editor-in-Chief, Media Scotland Ltd
Allan Rennie, 53, was born in Stirling, brought up in Kilsyth and lives in Dunblane with his wife Margaret, a children’s library assistant. From 1979 he worked on local newspapers including the Bishopbriggs Times, Clydebank Post and Stirling Observer, before joining The Sun as a sub-editor in 1987.
He left to become chief-sub with the ill-fated Sunday Scot in 1991 and after a spell as a freelance joined the Edinburgh Evening News. In 1993 he was hired by the Daily Record where he served as Deputy Sports Editor, Features Editor and Assistant Editor before joining the Sunday Mail as Deputy Editor in 1999.
Allan served as Editor of the Sunday Mail from 2000-2009, winning awards for exposes on Scotland’s criminal gangs.
For the last two years he has been Editorial Development Director based at Trinity Mirror’s Canary Wharf offices, looking after the Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People.
Allan’s portfolio includes the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, The Glaswegian, The Paisley Daily Express and 16 weekly titles ranging from the Strathearn Herald to the Ayrshire Post.
Outside work, Allan’s main interest is running having completed marathons in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York (twice) and Chicago..although he has still to win one.
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