Alan’s first career was in the Royal Marines. During a distinguished military career he commanded the Falkland Islands RM Detachment, served in the Ministry of Defence, was Chief of Staff of the British Military Training Team in Zimbabwe and commanded 40 Commando Royal Marines. He retired in 1990 at one star rank and his final appointment was Commandant of the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, the largest establishment in the Royal Marines.
In 1990 he joined the University of Exeter and launched the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Leadership (the only course of its kind in Europe) in1992. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Leadership Studies from 1997 - 2002.
Alan has been consulting in the field of Leadership since 1992. He operates in a variety of roles including public speaking, facilitator, executive coach, consultant and programme delivery. His clients include the Armed Services, the NHS and the voluntary sector plus a number from the private sector.
Alan has an MA in Politics (Exon). At Exeter, he leads the CPD module on “Strategic Leadership and the Management of Change”. His research interests include the realities of strategic leadership (largely through conducted interviews with chief executives). He has published four books.
Alan is a Visiting Professor at Bristol Business School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a non-executive Member of Western Provident Association Ltd, on the National Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Association, the Council of St John Ambulance, Devon and a Trustee of Wellington School. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon.