Alan left school in 1974 and started his first full-time job on his 18th birthday, as a clerical officer in the former Greater London Council. He worked in different finance sections during his time there, primarily housing finance and audit, before joining The London Borough of Tower Hamlets in March 1985, as an executive officer in audit. Alan moved around the authority into more senior finance roles, finishing as an assistant business manager within the Community Services Directorate, where he supported managers working within libraries, arts, recreation, parks and open spaces and community languages. Alan took early retirement in December 2013 after working for a little over 39 years.
In his spare time Alan is a member of the Dorking Camera Club and volunteer at the Oxfam Bookshop in Dorking on one afternoon per week.
Alan and his wife both enjoy the theatre, cinema and enjoying the local countryside, especially now that they have a young puppy to entertain, and travelling.
Since 2011, Alan has been trustee and treasurer for the Dorking and District Preservation Society and was involved in monitoring the costs of rebuilding Dorking Museum.