Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Alan is a non-executive director of Perpetual Income & Growth Investment Trust plc and the Competition & Markets Authority, having been a non-executive director of the Office of Fair Trading from 2007. He left Rentokil Initial plc in May 2017 having served as a non-executive director for eleven years. He is also an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, University of Oxford where he chairs the Advisory Board of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, and an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University. Alan has extensive retail sector experience, having been Chairman of Fat Face from September 2006 until July 2013. Earlier in his career he formed HMV Group as Chief Executive in 1998 as a leveraged buy-out and led the Group through its London Stock Exchange IPO in 2002 before retiring from the Group in September 2006 to develop a portfolio of non-executive and teaching roles. From 1993 to 1998 he was Managing Director of Waterstone’s, having joined WH Smith Group in 1982 and being appointed to their board in November 1995. He also served as Operations and Development Director for Do It All and General Manager (Books) for WH Smith Retail. Prior to this, he spent seven years in buying and marketing roles with Boots. He was a non-executive director of Somerfield plc from 1993 until 2004. He graduated in Physics from the University of Oxford and holds a Masters in Management degree from The Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, California.