Alan says "I was a founder member of the Solent & Arun branch of the Inland Waterways Association and in September 1978 arranged a joint meeting with the Wey & Arun. I expressed an interest and soon became involved".
In 1981 Alan became the Trust's Covenant Secretary, which was expanded to include the membership role in 1988.
Alan continues "Due to work pressures I reluctantly stepped down in 1994, but having recently retired I was looking for something to do and this role came free at just the right moment".
Alan lives in Worthing, West Sussex, and worked for a government department as an Internal Audit Manager before his recent retirement.
He is also a volunteer at Amberley museum.