Alan retired from a previous career in Northumbria Police and then worked as a Senior Manager with WRVS (now RVS) for 5 years before becoming the Director of Age UK Sunderland in October 2002.
Alan is very involved in all aspects of city life and has previously been the Chair of the Sunderland Community Network Steering Group and a member of the Board of the Sunderland Partnership. He has represented Sunderland on the World Health Organisation's European Healthy Ageing Sub Network and was Chair of Years Ahead, the North East Forum on Ageing.
Alan is currently a member of the Sunderland Adults Partnership Board, The Sunderland Mental Health Programme Board, the Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board and the Sunderland Vanguard Provider Board.
"I have an interest in a wide range of issues including intergenerational work, public health and community cohesion and over the last ten years I have been involved with the Home Improvement Agency, Public Health Forum and the Community Cohesion Working Group. I am former NHS Champion for Older People and was the chair of the Sunderland 50+ Action Group that is tasked with making Sunderland an Age Friendly City."