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Initially he worked for Lambeth Borough Council undertaking various roles including five years as a Business Adviser in Central Brixton following the first Brixton riots in the early 1980’s.


In 1986 he was appointed by Essex County Council to establish a youth business support network, enterprise centres and business advisory service to support young people entering self employment.  Alan became Essex County Council Economic Development Officer in 1993.

Alan moved to Beverley in 1995, as Head of Economic Development, Tourism and Marketing at East Riding of Yorkshire Council where he is now Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration and Deputy Chief Executive.

The work areas include planning and development management, forward planning, building control, rural policy and strategy, sustainable development, coastal issues, tourism, economic development, regeneration, inward investment, business support, press office, corporate marketing, transport policy and asset management, adult education and skills.

Alan is also Chair of Governors at Bishop Burton College which has a long tradition for the provision of land use/agricultural skills training at both Further Education and Higher Education levels.

Alan is a lifelong Crystal Palace supporter.