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Andrew Allison

Chief Operating Officer, Red & Yellow School

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Cape Town South Africa

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer of the Red & Yellow advertising school, a director of WPP-owned agencies Mirum (formerly Quirk) and NotNorm, and company secretary of BrandsEye.

He studied Business Science and Law at UCT and spent seven years in legal practice in Johannesburg and London, specialising in international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and restructuring, and company law. He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2005, and qualified as a CIMA Charter Management Accountant in 2015.

Andrew was also previously Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Quirk (now Mirum).

Andrew also heads up the Regulatory Affairs and Treasury functions for the Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa, where he serves on a voluntary basis.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Tax Law and is a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners.

Contact details

O: 0214627353

Business Address

97 Durham Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Director | Mirum South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | 2014 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Head of Regulatory Affairs; Treasurer | Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | 2013 - present

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

The IAB South Africa is an independent, voluntary, non-profit association focused on growing and sustaining a vibrant and profitable digital industry within South Africa.

The organisation currently represents more than 200 members including online publishers, brands and educational institutions, as well as creative, media and digital agencies. Its aim is to provide members with a platform where they can engage and interact with each other and address digital issues of common interest, stimulating learning and growth within the South African digital space.

Chief Operating Officer | Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Red & Yellow is one of South Africa's pre-eminent advertising and marketing communications schools, offering a full range of full-time, part-time and distance-learning qualifications and courses.

The school also has a strong focus on continuing professional development, and provides training and education solutions to businesses throughout South Africa.

Previous Position(s)

Group Chief Operating Officer | Quirk
Cape Town, South Africa | 2014 - 2016

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Quirk is a marketing agency born digital. An agency where a culture of learning, innovation and curiosity allows some of the best and brightest minds in the business to push the boundaries of creativity and technology.

We view our digitally enabled world as one constantly in beta. The fundamentals of marketing endure, but the way consumers are interacting with brands is evolving constantly. Quirk is built to thrive in this rapidly changing environment. If you are also inspired by change, we are your agency.

Director | 42Engines
Cape Town, South Africa | 2014 - 2016

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

42Engines is an accelerator and mentorship programme for tech startups in Africa that aim to make a positive change in their respective sectors and markets.

Group Chief Financial Officer | Quirk
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2014

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Associate | Wallace LLP
London, United Kingdom | 2007 - 2010

Law Practice and Legal Services

Associate | Norton Rose
London, United Kingdom | 2006 - 2007

Law Practice and Legal Services

Candidate Attorney / Associate | Brink Cohen Le Roux Inc
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2003 - 2006

Law Practice and Legal Services

Educational history


Rondebosch Boys High School, Cape Town, South Africa (1996)


CIMA (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK)

Cape Town, South Africa | 2013 - 2015

Chartered Management Accountant - Finance / Accounting

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

Cape Town, South Africa | 2006 - 2007

LLM - Income Tax Law

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2001 - 2002

LLB - Law

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 1997 - 2000

B.Bus.Sci - Law


Competitive Accomplishments

Finisher | Two Oceans Marathon | 2013

Finisher | Two Oceans Marathon | 2014

Finisher | Comrades Ultra Marathon | 2014

Finisher | Two Oceans Marathon | 2015



Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Chartered Management Accountant

Law Society of the Northern Provinces

Non-Practising Attorney

South African Institute of Tax Practitioners

Master Tax Practitioner

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