Alan was a paediatrician for 35 years based in North Tyneside and the Newcastle Hospitals. He specialised in paediatric oncology as well as throughout his career looking after general paediatrics.
Nationally he has served as the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, as Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and as an appointed member of the GMC.
Internationally he was President of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology.
Alan brings considerable experience of service reviews and reconfigurations throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland . Has written influential reports for government on palliative care for children and end of life care, and how to fund it, for patients of all ages.
Alan was a Board member of the Medical Defence Union for 6 years and regularly undertakes medicolegal work. He recently sat on an NHS capability review as an external advisor in an MHSP hearing.
He has a distinguished academic/research career and still research active having published over 300 peer reviewed papers.
For the past 6 years Alan has been Chairman of the Scout Association, the largest and most successful youth organisation in the UK.
He still finds time to run having completed 35 marathons and 110 half marathons as well as enjoying crosswords and reading.