A former reporter, feature writer and news editor for regional and national newspapers, Alan entered the public relations field in the mid 1990s. He joined the transport sector to provide public affairs and media relations services for rail firms leaving nationalisation for privatisation.
He worked, for British Rail, Prism Rail, and latterly National Express as Head of Communications for their London-serving train operating companies. This period saw him gain senior level experience in organisation change, investor and stakeholder relations, boardroom counsel, crisis management, strategy and leadership development, event organisation and sponsorship programmes.
In 2002, he began communications consultancy for government departments, their executive agencies and NDPBs. He worked at Trade and Industry, Education, Work and Pensions, Environment, Home Office and Communities and Local Government, on a broad range of public-facing cross-government projects, most entailing a technology-linked change programme.
His experience includes public affairs leadership, ambassador for high profile national schemes, architect and implementer of full, multi-channel communications strategies for internal and stakeholder audiences, media relations practitioner as founder and head of press offices with expertise in HR communications / organisation change. Experienced in the workings of national and local government as well as global businesses across a range of sectors, he has a significant track record in all the communications disciplines.