Alan taught for the first eleven years of his career in a secondary school in North Kensington, which is one of the most deprived and socially challenged areas of London. During that time he held senior positions as Head of Year and Head of History, teaching O Level, GCSE and A Level.
He moved with his family to Northumberland and was Deputy Head at Corbridge Middle School for nearly seven years and then Head Teacher at St Joseph’s, Hexham for nineteen years. During his headship the school was inspected five times by Ofsted and was never graded less than “ good with outstanding features”.
Since his retirement in 2015 he has worked as a consultant for Cambridge Assessment International Education part of the University of Cambridge. He has successfully carried out many compliance inspections in China, USA, Indonesia, Bermuda and UK.