Prior to joining Shropshire Council in 2010 Alistair was head of a building services design consultancy in London for 16 years. He originally trained as an architect at the RIBA School of Architecture, Hanley, but switched to building services design after joining the Percy Thomas Partnership, Britain’s third largest architectural practice. He became head of public health, and eventually all engineering services for 16 years. He gained a City & Guilds qualification in building services, a BSc in mechanical engineering, a diploma in field archaeology, and another in marketing professional services “ASTEL” from Aston University. He is familiar with design of all forms of mechanical and public health services, including for hospitals, hotels, laboratories and also five-facet appraisals of hospitals on behalf of NHS Estates. Alistair keeps fit walking, cycling (completed coast to coast in 2008), and enjoys pre-war music, old cars and baking.