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Alan has worked in the UK for over thirty years at the forefront of educational change and improvement as a Local Authority Adviser and Inspector, and with the National Strategies, where he was a Senior Director leading initiatives for both primary and secondary phases in literacy and English teaching, assessment, and teaching and learning. As Director of the Wiltshire Oracy Project (1983-88) and National Oracy Project (1988-1992) he was part of the first significant movement in the UK to establish oracy as a major educational initiative.

He is an Associate and part of the management team for ‘Oracy Cambridge’, the Hughes Hall Centre for Effective Spoken Communication’, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of effective spoken communication, and ways that it can be taught and learned, amongst policy makers and practitioners, within the UK and internationally.