Alan currently works at the Ministry for the Environment. He previously worked as a social policy analyst for The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit. He is author of Off The Track The Salvation Army's 2017 State of the Nation Report.
In his spare time he is a community activist in South Auckland where he is active as an administrator in local sports clubs and as a school trustee. He has also held positions as a trustee of the Auckland Community Housing Trust and as the Chair of Community Housing Aotearoa.
He has an academic background in town planning and economics and has been involved in Auckland local government for over 20 years both as a politician and bureaucrat.
Alan was a contributor to CPAG's recent flagship report Our children, our choice: priorities for policy including being the author for the chapter on Housing.