Between 1962 and 1975 Alan held teaching posts in Nottingham and Notts - including Head of Department, Deputy Head, before moving into lecturing - Education and Psychology - eventually becoming Head of Psychology Department in a large Institute of higher Education in Doncaster - teacher training.
From 1976 to 1978 Alan held the post of Senior Educational Psychologist Derbyshire. He was area Team Leader, undertaking wide range of psychological work across a large geographical area with specific input to establishments providing for deaf; assessment of specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia); assessment of young offenders/advising on post custodial provision; psycho-legal work - assessment of children with post accident psychological damage; adults with cognitive/personality difficulties. Alan undertook assessment of adults in prison - identifying learning/personality problems; trauma in young children - following abuse.
From 1978 to 1982 Alan Assistant Director (Special Services) Principal Educational Psychologist.
Alan is a founder member and Honorary Secretary of the National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists.
Between 1982 and 1987 Alan was Principal Educational Psychologist. Head of Psychological Service, Member of Educational Officers Group. Advised Education Committee on assessment and provision for Dyslexia and Autism. Alan provided assessments of adult offenders placed at Leicester Prison.
1986 - 1987 Acting Chief Adviser.
From 1987 to 1990 Alan was Director of Special Services, Leeds City Council Head of Psychological Services, special education provision
From 1990 to 1991 Alan held a post as Consultant Psychologist and lecturer - National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York. Awarded a second internship at NTID.
During this time Alan presented papers at International Conference for the Deaf in Rochester, NY - on the development and implementation of Thinking Skills for hearing impaired students; issues in providing for deaf people, New Orleans.
In 1991 and 1992 Alan was a full time Lecturer A level Psychology and Physical Education, Sixth Form College and FE College. Alan has been a Senior Examiner in A Level Psychology for the Associated Examining Board for 19 years
1992 - 1995 Care Manager, Sunningdale Residential Care Home providing for people with mental health problems - primarily schizophrenia and autism.
Consultant Psychologist Henshaw's College Harrogate.
Consultant Psychologist Crowthorn Residential Special School.
1994 - 1997 Joint Person in Control, Pembroke House Care Home (Mental health problems). Provided psychological input for small group home providing for individuals with mental health problems and learning difficulties, with associated problems of sexual and physical abuse.
1995- 1998 Care Manager, Bethany House Residential Care Home (Mental health problems combined with challenging behaviours).
1998 Established specialised provision in East Riding of Yorkshire for adults and young persons with complex needs arising from autistic spectrum disorders/severe challenging behaviours/severe personality disorders. Philosophy includes enabling development of independent living.
General Manager and Consultant Psychologist, Franklin Homes Ltd