Alan was brought up and educated in Bradford, qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1976 and worked in a clinical role for 30 years, most of the time as a consultant in Child Mental Health.

He returned to the NHS to take on project work and over a six-year stint he managed the reconfiguration of maternity and surgical services, and a number of major service developments.

He has also worked for an independent therapy company, and tried his hand at the hotel business.

He now enjoys voluntary work.