Although not strictly a local man having grown up in Coventry, Alan moved to Buxton in 2000.
Whilst here Alan has made himself busy in the community as a former Director of Vision Buxton, a founding Director of Buxton Town Team, a long serving trustee of Connex Community Support, a member of the Rotary Club, a U3A Group Leader and a volunteer at Buxton Opera House.
Alan's roots were in heavy Engineering later downsizing to Electronics. He managed a few companies before forming a specialised division for a large corporation and in 5 years the company expanded into a multi million pound group. Much of his career has been in sales and marketing at director level, most recently retiring from managing a manufacturing company employing over 100 people.
Alan understands the need to recognise and support people who do a great job, even more so when they are helping the needy and vulnerable people in our community, and this is the rationale for the "Riding out of Lockdown" project. This ride is about reacting to gut instincts, "if it feels right, do it". Along with the Buxton Kickstart initiative Alan hopes to do his bit to help Buxton remain a vibrant and community focussed place to live.
Alan took up biking after a couple of back operations which put paid to other sporting activities which included jogging and squash. Biking was the only thing that the physio would recommend for Alan who immediately went out and bought a road bike and developed a habit of riding for half an hour each morning to relieve his overnight back ache. Inspired by the purchase of an eMountain bike Alan realised that extreme biking amongst the dramatic hilly scenery of the Peak District was as much fun as black run skiing. Possibly not the sedate cycling which the physio had in mind but perfect for a man who has always relished a challenge! The energy saving aspect of the E Bike allows Alan to ascend the hills and still have the energy to throw himself back down the other side.