A former journalist for The Herald, Alan began his career in journalism immediately after leaving high school, and spent 40 years in the industry prior to retirement. During his 15 years as medical correspondent he developed a significant interest in healthcare, an interest that took on a more personal perspective on becoming a parent and a grandparent.
Alan and his wife organise and run an annual fundraising dinner in the College in support of World Child Cancer, which provides cancer treatment to children in poorer countries. Their involvement was inspired by their eldest grandson who survived a brain tumor nine years ago.
Alan values the opportunity to make a contribution to healthcare and remain involved with public affairs through his work with the Lay Advisory Board and the Faculty of Travel Medicine. He also helps with a church volunteer project, teaching English to refugees and asylum-seekers.