Born at an early age in Hollywood (a village in North Worcestershire), Alan was educated at the prestigious King Edward VI school for Boys in Birmingham and later, Birmingham University. He was on the road to entering the conservative world of the law but, seduced by hospital radio, opted for the world of showbusiness
- beginning humbly, one might say, at BBC Radio Birmingham.
Four years at Pebble Mill, Birmingham, were followed by another four years at BBC Radio Devon. Then in 1987, the great metropolis beckoned and Alan joined the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 at Broadcasting House in London.
Since then he has been heard reading the news and voicing some of the Network's many trails and promotions. Nowadays, apart from joining in lively banter with Terry Wogan, where he has also been nicknamed 'Deadly', Alan leads a team of a dozen or so announcers who keep the network on the air 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, from a tiny studio, deep within Broadcasting House.
However, Alan is an active soul and also finds time to operate the London based bus tour company, ThisBus.com, with a group of 5 radio broadcasters, including Ken Bruce and Charles Nove. They all have a shared interest in the Routemaster bus, London's iconic red double decker and are happy to share that love with lots of paying travellers.
But, it is for his role as the 'out-of-vision' voice, calling out the Lottery numbers on the twice weekly National Lottery Draw on BBC1 that Alan is now famous.