Alun started his career on The South Wales Echo in his hometown of Cardiff before transferring to The Western Mail, the national daily paper of Wales. He then moved to Fleet Street joining The Press Association (PA â€“ the UKâ€™s national news agency).
After three years he worked briefly as a Desk Editor with The Associated Press, the American worldwide news agency before The Evening Standard, Londonâ€™s evening paper where he worked as an editorial executive for three years.
When The Mail on Sunday was launched he worked there, also as an editorial executive for four and a half years before becoming the launch Picture Editor of The Independent, defining the style for photojournalism in the late eighties, winning two awards.
He then joined Mirror Group Newspapers as Assistant Editor on The European, helping to launch the paper across Europe. He then became Managing Director of Syndication International, the editorial sales and marketing division of the company.
He went on to work with the Mergers and Acquisitions Division of Maxwell Communications working on various projects including the purchase of a CD intellectual property company in California, a newspaper in New York, a military information archive in Washington, a picture agency in Paris and a travel publishing company in Switzerland. He also supervised the rationalisation of the two national news agencies following the unification of Germany.
He now works as an international publishing and communication consultant and has worked for blue chip UK companies including The Henshall Centre, Trinity Mirror, Press Association Training and many local newspaper groups. He also has worked with The Thomson Foundation, The International Institute for Journalism, World Press Photo and the BBC World Service Trust. He has worked on consultancy projects in:
â€¢ China â€“ for two newspaper groups in Guangzhou and Shenzhen
â€¢ Thailand â€“ for the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation
â€¢ India â€“ three projects for the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi
â€¢ Pakistan â€“ for newspapers in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad
â€¢ Jordan â€“ for the Higher Media Council and for the BBC
â€¢ Lebanon â€“ for the Federation of Arab News Agencies
â€¢ Oman â€“ for independent and government national newspapers
â€¢ Qatar â€“ for Al Jazeera
â€¢ Dubai â€“ for The Gulf News
â€¢ Mozambique â€“ for the Media Institute of Southern Africa
â€¢ Tanzania â€“ three projects for the national press and government news agency
â€¢ Rwanda â€“ for the national newspaper
â€¢ Sierra Leone â€“ two projects for newspapers and government departments
â€¢ Nigeria â€“ for the natural gas corporation and World Press Photo