Alan Hancock comes from a long line of teachers, and both his children followed him into the profession. He went from school in North Staffordshire to read Geography at Oxford, and between 1969 and 1980 taught at Stamford School, and then at Uppingham until his retirement in 2006. At both schools Alan was Housemaster of 13-18 houses and Head of Geography, and in the latter capacity served as Treasurer of the Independent Schools Group of the Geographical Association promoting the teaching of the subject and was a paper setter and awarder at GCE.
As Higher Education Adviser at Uppingham, Alan was involved in the organisation of conferences for UCAS and CRAC at which he led workshops including “Widening participation”, “Applying to Oxbridge” and “Opportunities for interaction between the Independent and Maintained Sectors”. He was school representative for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and Chairman of the Staff Salaries Committee. Alan was also in charge of staff development, where he introduced the appraisal system, and was a member of the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Alan has also been Librarian, sports coach and organiser of the D of E Award Scheme and is now assisting with the Stamford School Old Boys organisation. He was the first Chair of Governors of Malcolm Arnold Academy, and is currently Chair of Governors at Charles Read Academy and Chair designate of the Lodge Park AIB.