Alastair was a police officer for thirty years, the first twelve being in Suffolk prior to transferring to Devon & Cornwall Police in 1996. Having previously served in all three geographical areas of Suffolk, Alastair mainly worked in Plymouth and Cornwall, largely within crime investigation, internal misconduct and anti-corruption roles, albeit he spent some time in Neighbourhood Policing. As the Crime Manager for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, Alastair was the Head of Public Protection encompassing all areas of safeguarding, as well as being involved in setting up the Sexual Violence & Abuse Forum, and being the police lead on the multi-agency partnership created to achieve a Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC) for Cornwall. Since retiring from the police in 2014, Alastair initially worked for the Force Legal Department leading a team engaged in exploring the veracity of litigation claims against the police, before a period of time as the complaint appeals officer providing scrutiny into police complaint outcomes. Since 2017, Alastair has been and Associate Inspector for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and a Lead Reviewer/Author of Serious Case Reviews.
Many of Alastair’s former police roles involved investigating serious offences against people, which had lasting consequences for all of those concerned and has had an impact on his career path, and specialist roles. Having spent sixteen years as a school governor and five as a parish councillor, Alastair has tried to make the provision of services better, and hence became involved as a trustee of Skoodhya Ltd in Cornwall, staying on after its merger with Twelves Company to make a stronger team dealing with important and serious issues.
Alastair enjoys travel, hillwalking, and swimming, and has engaged in a troublesome struggle to learn the bagpipes. Alastair is also very interested in Jacobite history, and the Gallipoli campaign of the Great War, which has resulted in many long hours in archives, travel around the UK, and Turkey, and two masters degrees at Exeter and Oxford.