Alyn graduated with an Honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Oxford Poly in 1979 and was elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1982. He joined the Development Planning Partnership as an assistant planner in their only office at that time located in Bedford. He rose through the ranks and opened the Leeds office of the Practice in 1986 and subsequently he became an equity partner in the business. In 1990 he left DPP to establish his own consultancy.
Since establishing his own practice he has been involved in a wide range of private and public sector work throughout Yorkshire, the North West and beyond. Clients have included Land Securities in respect of the White Rose Centre at Leeds, The East Midlands Region of the National Trust and local authorities such as Manchester, Harrogate, Calderdale and Rotherham. He has also undertaken extensive work for Morrisons, Asda and the Co-operative Group. Current Clients include Waitrose and John Lewis.
Alyn has extensive experience of public inquires, hearings and examinations: the first appeal inquiry where he appeared as an expert witness was in 1984 in respect of proposals for a blood boiler, bone grinder and tallow melter in Penistone. He has spoken at a number of RTPI seminars on the role of the expert witness at inquiries.
In his spare time Alyn enjoys time with his wife ambling in the Lake District, attending cricket matches and the delights of older motor cars. Over the past 15 years he has been learning to play the piano accordion, unsuccessfully, and he is a professional model maker. He also aspires to be paper free.