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Alan graduated at the former Leeds Polytechnic in 1978 with a BA(Hons) in Economics and Public Policy. He is a qualified accountant and worked for 39 years in local government before he retired in 2017. He held the position of statutory chief financial officer at Leeds City Council for 18 years, and in addition was Deputy Chief Executive from 2009 until his retirement. During that period his responsibilities included Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Corporate Strategy and a range of other business support activities. In June 2017 Alan was awarded an OBE for services to Local Government.

He is a Trustee and Board Member of the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Company Limited.

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