Alistair is the founder of a multi-disciplinary education consultancy operating internationally but based in Scotland. Most recently, he has worked with the federal government in Abu Dhabi, UAE within the Ministry of Education managing areas related to accreditation, regulation and quality.

Alistair previously worked in Scottish education for over 25 years and was Head of Service (Qualifications) at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) where he had responsibility for Technology, Engineering, Construction and Creative subjects covering both the school and vocational areas. In addition, he had responsibility for significant regulated qualifications activity across the rest of the UK market and internationally. Although originally destined for a career in accountancy, he turned his attention to education and completed his postgraduate teacher training in Business Studies and Economics at Jordanhill College before starting his teaching career in secondary schools. He progressed to teaching in further and higher education for 10 years before joining SQA in 2004 as a National Manager.

Over the course of 20 years, he has written and published more than 15 educational textbooks for Hodder Gibson. He is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and the University of Stirling and has an on-going passion for all things related to education, qualifications and assessment. His other board commitments include committee work for TAICEP and Interim Chair of the Board of SSERC.

Outside of work, Alistair enjoys keeping fit by cycling and taking long walks with his dog. He also takes an active interest in the educational progress of his nieces and nephews.