Chief Executive Officer
Alan started his career studying civil engineering, working for LTA before deciding to enter the Methodist Ministry where he served for 16 years in Klerksdorp, Worcester, Windhoek, Cape Town and Umtata. During these years he was active in the struggle against apartheid through such organisations as the United Democratic Front. During his last pastoral appointment in the city centre of Cape Town he assisted in the uniting of the two city centre Methodist Churches that had been separated since the 1857 due to emancipation of slaves. During these years he learned many of the organisational, communications, conflict management and negotiations skills that he has developed in different contexts over the years. Thereafter he worked for 3 years teaching at the University of Transkei and thereafter in civil society, most notably with the Urban Foundation, largely in the areas of organisational development and education. Alan left the NGO sector to start his own organisational development and training business in 1994 and has run this business with varying degrees of intensity ever since. Some significant consulting appointments include: Strategic Management of the Toyota Teach programme in KwaZulu Natal from 1994-1997; Coordinating training of monitors in the IEC for the 1994 elections; Coordinating the recruitment and training of commissioners in the establishment phase of the CCMA; Establishing performance management systems at MNET Broadcast Services, FCB South Africa and other companies. He has also worked extensively in SADC countries, particularly Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho.
During these years he has gained significant experience in the business sector. In 1997 he was appointed as Managing Director of Datatec Ltd’s training business which he grew within three years from a small operation to the largest IT training company in the country at the time.
From 2001 to 2003 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Questek, an Audio Visual Technology Company. In these contexts Alan learned to practice a diverse range of competencies at a high level and learned to understand the ICT industry. In 2006 he joined forces with Charles Nupen to establish StratAlign.
Alan has taught at three local business schools in a range of subjects: the Gordon Institute of Business Science, the Da Vinci Institute and Henley Management College. Most recently his major work has been with the top leadership of Telkom focusing on strategic support, leadership development and culture change. His core areas of expertise are in strategy formulation and execution, leadership and management development, performance management and organisational behaviour. He is a certified facilitator of the Barrett Culture Transformation Tools.