Alan holds a B.Compt (Hons) and is a Chartered Accountant (SA). After completing his articles with Arthur Young & Co in Cape Town, he spent time with an Anglo Vaal Industries textile-weaving subsidiary.

He joined Bolton Industrial Holdings in 1985, a then diversified JSE listed company. Over time, and through multiple company restructures, Alan was appointed Managing Director of Bolton Footwear in 2012. Bolton Footwear’s stable included Watson and Bagshaw Footwear brands.

Under his direction, Bolton Footwear expanded and eventually acquired Barker Footwear. Following these successes, Alan seized the opportunity to merge with Beier Safety Footwear. Almost immediately, the new venture acquired United Frams and Wayne Plastics. Alan was appointed Managing Director of BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd.

Alan is also the Managing Director of two other companies, Mossop-Western Leathers (Pty) Ltd and Bolton Footwear (Pty) Ltd in which stable Watson Shoes, Jordan & Co and Barker Footwear reside. Based in Cape Town, Alan routinely travels the width of the country to oversee the operations for all three organisations. Alan pays tribute to his professional mentors by striving to be a similar role model to the younger charges in the BBF Safety Group.