Alan began his career in 1981 as a civil servant at the Department of the Environment, where he worked on a range of policies and spent two years as private secretary to successive ministers of local government. In 1989 he joined KPMG, one of the Big Four accountancy and consulting firms, becoming a partner in 1997.
At KPMG Alan’s clients included government departments, local authorities and NHS trusts as well as companies in the transport, leisure and financial services sectors. Much of his consulting work focused on performance improvement and commercial strategy. In his final years at KPMG Alan led the firm’s public sector business in the UK and in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He retired from KPMG in 2014 and has taken on a number of non-executive and charitable roles including a non-executive director role at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and, very recently, the chair of South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust. Alan has chaired the Maudsley charitable funds committee since 2016.