Alan was born in Taihape and carried out his secondary schooling in Wanganui before studying accountancy at Victoria University in Wellington. Alan joined the firm in 1977, gaining his Chartered Accountant status in 1980. He is married to Jan (Geraghty) and they have two daughters who are currently finishing their own studies at university. Alan is very community minded and is a life member of six clubs in the Wanganui District. He is a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Eagles Society.