Alan began his career in the concrete industry before moving into the voluntary sector with Help the Aged. Alan specialised in fundraising there and then with the British Leprosy Relief Association. He then moved to Capability Scotland, where he was Chief Executive from 1997 until his retirement. Alan has served on many boards and committees including Children in Scotland, the National Disability Council and Community Care Providers Scotland. Alan was elected President of the Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association, and to the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee. He has also chaired the IPC's Legal and Ethics Committee.