"I was bullied at school and left at 15 with no qualifications. Three years later, I was runner-up in the Scottish Karate Championships and representing my country in the European Championships. The following year I won the Senior Individual event and was included in the GB squad".
For over a decade, Alan was a professional stage & lighting designer in the music industry. Working with artistes such as Gary Numan, Ultravox, Peter Gabriel, Asia, David Gilmour, Téléphone, Simple Minds, Erasure & Midge Ure he toured the world many times and developed a unique and dynamic style of lighting.
He introduced the MR16 lamp to the David Gilmour show, a lamp previously used in shop window display. It was a game changer.
Thomas Engineering manufactured, what is now an industry standard miniture ParCan for this lamp which is now used throughout the world. The Birdie.
Alan designed not only the amazing stage but also revamped the format of The British Record Industry Awards show at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
It is now know as The Brits and today that format continues.