Alastair was brought up on a farm in the eastern part of England and originally trained as an Agricultural Engineer. He spent over forty years immersed in the agriculture, engineering and emerging Agritech industries. He spent 20 years working in front line education where he undertook various roles within the teaching and management of agriculture and mechanisation, including irrigation, farm buildings, waste management and financial management.
In 2000, Alastair joined UK national inspectorate for vocational education becoming well known as an inspector of the subject and leader of inspection teams. From 2013 to 2019, Alastair was the Chief Executive of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, the professional body for professional engineers working in the industry.
He is an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) continues as a freelance specialist in engineering and technology for agriculture. As part of this, and through his association with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Alastair has travelled extensively across Southern Africa and as such has a comprehensive understanding of the context and challenges of agricultural engineering in the region.
During the past year, Alastair has been editing a report for the Pan African Society of Agricultural Engineering titled: Agricultural Engineering in Africa: A Key Driver for Transforming Agriculture to Deliver Food Security and to Support Economic Prosperity. Alastair is active in the developments of professional engineering standards for Engineering UK and acts as chief licence reviewer for the UK Society of the Environment.