Alan joined Groundwork in 2002 as a board member of Groundwork Thames Gateway London South. He has remained an active trustee through a number of re-organisations, taking on the role of Chair of Groundwork London in 2014.
Alan has been a councillor in Lewisham since 1998, with a special interest in environmental and planning issues, having been a member and Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee and a member and Chair of both ordinary and strategic planning committees. From May 2010 to May 2018 he was the Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Regeneration, focusing on development, employment, and transport in Lewisham. He was a member of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, a member of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee and a member of the Electric Vehicle for London Steering Group. He was also the lead member for London Councils on the Thames basin. He is now enjoying semi-retirement whilst working out what to do next.