Alan graduated from Plymouth Polytechnic with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology with Physics followed by a MSc in Remote Sensing at University College, London. Alan then worked for five years as a geologist before joining Logica for eleven years as an analyst/programmer. Taking a career break in 2005 to care for his children. Believing in life long learning Alan obatined a First Class BSc (Hons) in Observational Astronomy in 2017 at University of South Wales. He joined NPEU as in Trials Data Assistant in October 2018.