Born at an early age in Hollywood (a village in North Worcestershire), Alan was educated at King Edward VI for Boys and Birmingham University.
He decided against the fuddy-duddy world of the law and opted for the world of showbusiness - well, BBC Radio Birmingham anyway!
Four years at Pebble Mill were followed by another four years at BBC Radio Devon - "Yes, just 20 minutes from the sea immediately after the Breakfast Show!". Yes, even then numbers were beginning to play a significant part in his life!
In 1987 London beckoned and Alan joined the Presentation Department of BBC Radio 2 at Broadcasting House.
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, 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.
He is also the 'out-of-vision' voice calling out the Lottery numbers on the twice weekly National Lottery Draw on BBC1; indeed Wogan's christened him "the Voice of the Balls"!