From January 2016 to April 2018, Alan was Chair of Save the Children International, the umbrella organisation for the Save the Children movement. He was previously Chair of Save the Children UK from 2008 to 2015. He is also Chairman of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. He was the founder and Vice-Chairman of China Now, a nationwide festival in the UK in 2008 celebrating Chinese arts and culture designed to strengthen understanding and relationships between the UK and China, and was also Chairman of the reciprocal event, UK Now, held in China in 2012.
Alan was knighted in 2014 for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy.