Alan qualified at Manchester Medical School in 1983, and completed his vocational training there before joining his first practice in the West Midlands in 1987, where he was a partner for 20 years. He moved to Nottingham in 2008 following his marriage to a local resident the previous year, and worked as a locum in several Nottingham city practices. He joined Keyworth Medical Practice initially as a locum in 2009. He has three grown up children. As a true Stretford -Ender he is allowed to support Manchester United.