Alan has nearly 20 years' experience of working with global and national organisations advising them at board level on global sustainable development issues which affect business, society and individuals.
He is the independent advisor to the Virgin Group, ensuring a single co-ordinated approach to Sustainable Development. He also runs the Virgin Earth Challenge (a US$25 million prize for carbon sequestration), The Virgin Rainforest Challenge and its HIV programme.
He works with other clients as diverse as Coca-Cola, Prudential and Calgary City. He serves on the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, is a senior associate of the Cambridge University Programme for Sustainability Leadership for Industry, is a fellow of WWF UK, a former director of the Tropical Forest Trust and a current director of the Forest Stewardship Council.
He was awarded the OBE in June 1998 for Services to the Environment and in 2005 the US-based Rainforest Alliance gave him a lifelong award for his contribution to finding solutions to rainforest destruction caused by the timber industry.