Alan has retired recently from teaching and having lived in Teesdale for the past twenty-two years has now moved to Cumbria.
Alan has an academic background in Geography (Fellow of Royal Geographical Society) and Philosophy, and has graduated recently: M. Phil. for a thesis "An Aesthetic - Ethic of Upland Land Use." He has given conference papers and been published in Environmental Philosophy and the Philosophy of Sport.
His outdoor interests include: mountaineering (including ski-touring); fell-running; mountain-biking; and ornithology; and he was previously a qualified Caving Instructor and member of the Teesdale and Weardale Fell Rescue Team.
He was involved in negotiations for climbing access to Holwick Scar, Teesdale - a site designated as Access Land under CRoW but about which English Nature had concerns regarding possible damage to an important habitat.
Alan was a member of the North Pennines LAF from its inception and subsequently of the Durham LAF within which he led on Open Access issues. He represented the Durham LAF on the North Pennines AONB Access and Recreation Working Group and is continuing on this group, now representing Cumbria LAF instead.