After graduating from the University of Liverpool with an engineering degree, Alan joined a major European technology company as a programmer, moving to Scotland a year later to oversee the maintenance of the company’s client software north of the border.
Since then Alan has remained based in Edinburgh and built a career in the disciplines of Internal Audit, IT Audit, Information Security Management and Risk Management with a focus on Information Technology. He has worked in a wide variety of sectors including oil, brewing, financial services and government to name but four. While remaining based in Scotland, he has carried out consultancy work in many countries in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Latterly he has focused on skills transfer and has provided training for various governments in Eastern Europe, South Asia and Africa.
Throughout his career he has been active with his professional bodies and has represented them on several national and international projects such as the development of standards on Information Security Management. He has also written widely on the subject of IT Audit and has published several books on the topic.
Alan has been a lay examiner for the MRCS Part 2 exams since 2015 and became a member of the College Audit and Risk Committee in 2020.