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The Author

Alan was Professor of Information Management at the University of Central Lancashire from 1994 to 2010.
He graduated from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1984 in Chemistry. His PhD, probably the first to be awarded by the University of Central Lancashire after gaining its charter in 1992, was in problem solving methodology using knowledge based systems and formed the basis of his first book The Integration of Expert Systems Into Mainstream Software.

After nearly five years at the IT Institute at the University of Salford, he returned to Preston, and in 1998 joined the newly formed Lancashire School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine. In 2008, the School was amalgamated and expanded to form the School of Public Health and Clinical Sciences. AG was appointed as School Research Coordinator in late 2008.

In 2010, he left his full time academic position to join the Hope Street Centre as Director of Informatics, but retains an honorary chair at UCLAN.

He has held part time positions at the University of Oxford PGMET, RMIT in Australia, and in 2002 was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj Napoca. In 2009, he enjoyed a Visiting Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University as part of the writing of this book.

Alan has been a Methodist Local Preacher since 1986. From 1998 to 2006, he was a School Governor at first Bamber Bridge Methodist School, then later Cuerden Church School, where he served as Chair of Governors during the rebuilding of the School.

Alan has over 100 publications including over 30 peer reviewed articles and 18 books. In 2008, he worked with John Howard for the Czech Government, He has also worked in Ontario Canada, and was successful in bidding with Mark Cutter for the AHEAD-EU project on widening access for disabled students, with partners in Germany and Sweden. In 2009, he took over co-editor of Clinical Governance: an International Journal.. In 2012, he acted as advisor to the Information Commissioner's Office on their training films.

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