Co-founder and Executive Director
Electrical engineer and technology expert
Alan combines high-level strategic business knowledge with detailed technology skills. After graduating and starting work for IBM as a systems engineer, he was an early pioneer in smartcards in the 1980s.
At the same time, Alan co-founded and successfully grew a number of companies operating in the ICT field, including the Fee Group and more latterly, ALCO Consulting, where he remains an Executive Director.
As a technology specialist, Alan has represented the UK (through the BSI standards body) on various European standards groups (CEN TC224 Working Groups WG6, WG11 and WG15) which include public transport ticketing and citizen services. He also represented the UK in the European Commission Information Society Directorate General as both a project evaluator and a project reviewer.
Combining high-level strategy with technology skills has enabled Alan to advise many organisations looking at introducing ICT-based services in the areas of business case, roadmap and implementation strategy. He has produced a number of positive business cases supporting the introduction of smartcards and other new technologies in both the public sector and the private sector.
In recent times he has developed expertise in future technology and the services that may make use of it. His work in this area covers public and private transport, end user government services, smart citizens and smart cities. In recognition of this expertise, in 2000 he was invited to join The World Technology Network as a Fellow – a global organisation he is still an active member of today.
By developing roadmaps from current positions looking forward some 10-15 years, he is able to supply the information necessary to future-proof newly developed and implemented systems.
This work includes changes to organisational structures as well as the introduction of new technologies, including the development of public transport AFC systems using open loop bank cards as access tokens – bringing together elements of both the transport and financial sectors.
I have seen ALCO's work as a client and as a collaborator - always thoughtful and well-informed; ALCO will identify implementable pathways no matter how challenging the circumstances appear to be