Alan was born and still lives and works on the edge of Sheffield. He has had a passion for coach building from a very early age and was welding under the supervision from his father before he was 11 years old. When he left school no jobs were available for coach building so he did the next best thing and became a sheet metal fabricator. He read books about coach building and practiced techniques in his spare time. Eventually he came across coach builders and learnt much from them by working alongside them. Such is his passion for the skills he has learnt, he is often requested to demonstrate the craft at exhibitions and shows.
The QEST Iliffe Family Charitable Trust Scholarship has enabled him to train with Geoff Moss of MPH Motor Panels, who is regarded as one of the best coach builders in the world. Alan's plans for the future are to make vintage car panels and complete body shells for the UK and export markets. Additionally he is aiming to expand into larger premises and take on an apprentice to pass on his valuable learned skills.