Alan was an award-winning BBC Radio and TV presenter for over twenty years. Currently he is Chairman of Soundswright Ltd, a highly successful business specialising in media strategy and consultancy. His broadcasting highlights include acting as royal commentator for BBC TV when Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh opened the Millennium Bridge. Alan is also a former Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. During his tenure the impressive new ground was built, now hosting Test Matches and other major events. His cricket connection continues with the Lord’s Taverners, a major charity for young people, and Alan is Chair of Regions UK. He also served as a founder member of the Advisory Committee for England for Ofcom, the broadcasting and telecoms regulator. Alan has key non-executive experience in various corporate, public and voluntary organisations including chairing public private partnerships. Alan is a witty raconteur, giving after dinner speeches and hosting events throughout the UK and beyond, and is a former winner of the prestigious After Dinner Speaker of the Year award presented at Lords “… everyone thoroughly enjoyed your speech, and the good feedback I’ve been receiving has been tremendous. “- British Airways “Seldom have I witnessed such an example of how to chair a conference to lift and inspire an audience from beginning to end. Your wit and humour set the tone for the event and your ability to turn to serious matters was impressive. I can’t thank you enough for the enormous contribution” Sue O’Connell, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Partnerships.