Alan Kitching has worked continuously in the investment business since 1960, during which time he has been a partner/director of several major companies operating throughout the UK. He has been actively involved in the direction of the London Stock Exchange, having served on its Council and acted as Chairman of the Northern Stock Exchange for many years. A founder member of the Tees Valley Community Foundation, he still serves on its Investment and Development Committees as well as acting as Treasurer of the local Hope & Homes Committee. He is a director of Middlesbrough Warehousing Ltd and consultant to Charles Stanley, Stockbrokers. When not occupied on charitable or business activities he is a busy gardener and moor keeper.