After a 20-year banking career (more than half spent in London),  Alan then ran his own Independent Financial Adviser business before selling it in 2015 and retiring to focus on charity work, of which there are a few. 

Apart from being Treasurer of Pilgrims’ Friend Society (a position held since 2006) Alan’s current trusteeship extends to a charity which has just celebrated 25 years working in Romania; another taking the gospel into prisons; another care home and a City Mission, as well as his home church in Crowborough, where he has served as a deacon since 2008.

Alan is married to Jean and has been blessed with seven children and thirteen grandchildren, meaning Christmas is not the only busy family time in the Hare household (and that's before you add in the guide dog puppy in training).  Living on the edge of Ashdown Forest is a great excuse to engage in their favourite pastime - walking. In 2016, a group of friends helped Alan to climb the fifteen 3,000ft+ mountains in North Wales in 24 hours (the Welsh 3k challenge), which raised funds for Pilgrims’ Friend Society.

Alan is passionate about greater Christian engagement in improving the quality of life for older people. He recalls visiting PFS’ Hornsey Rise Memorial Home with his parents at a very young age and both he and his family have been involved with the Society in some way or the other for many years. He has been a Trustee since 2005 and was previously the Society’s Director of Finance from 2001-2004.