Alan is a geologist (BSc University of Aberdeen, PhD University of London) with 30 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry. He was one of the founding partners of the geoscience consultancy IKODA Limited based in London and Perth and was the founding Managing Director of Fusion Oil & Gas plc and Ophir Energy plc. Fusion was listed on the UK AIM market in 2000 and made several discoveries offshore Mauritania before being sold in 2003. Most of the team at Fusion moved on together to create Ophir Energy plc and Alan was appointed as its Managing Director upon inception. Ophir was involved in several discoveries offshore Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania discovering more than 20Tcf of gas. Ophir listed on the LSE in 2011 and when Alan left the company in 2012 it had a market capitalisation of almost £2.0 Billion.
Alan, together with four of his colleagues from both Fusion and Ophir established Havoc Partners LLP in 2014 as a natural resource investment partnership. Havoc has various interests involved in the exploration for oil and gas, rare gases, precious and base metals. In 2017 Havoc Partners sold one of its subsidiaries to Calima and the executive team from Havoc joined the management team at Calima. Alan was appointed to the Board of Calima as its Managing Director.