Alan is the University's Head of Information Governance and the Joint Assistant Director of Culture & Information. He is a member of the Information and Records Management Society’s (IRMS) Accreditation and Development sub-committee and a former Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Information Practitioners Group. Alan has spoken widely on records and information management issues and served on various professional groups including ARA’s Education, Training and Development Committee, the Committee of ARA's Records Management Special Interest Group and the ARMA International HE Task Force.
Alan is a Fellow and an Accredited Member of IRMS and won the IRMS 'Author of the Year' award in 2016.
- 'An 'inconvenient truth'? Records Management', Bulletin, Information and Records Management Society, Issue 190 March 2016 (republished with the same title in iQ, Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia, Vol 32 Issue 4 November 2016)
- 'Participation -vs- Principle: does technological change marginalise recordkeeping theory?', in Brown C. ed, Archives and Recordkeeping: Theory into Practice, Facet Publishing, 2014
- 'Standards and standards culture: understanding the nature and criticisms of standardisation', Comma, International Council on Archives, Vol 2 2011 (published 2013)