Alf writes, broadcasts and comments on a range of issues affecting Scotland and the wider world. He retired in 2009 from The Herald where he was responsible for comment and opinion. For 22 years he also wrote his own columns on business, economic and political issues. He also wrote a column for The Sunday Herald for seven years. He has contributed to the online Scottish Review, writes a Saturday column for The Scotsman and is a regular contributor to BBC current affairs programmes.
Alf is currently chairman of Riverside Inverclyde, the pathfinder urban regeneration company charged with bringing new life to the waterfront communities centred on Greenock (his home town) and the Lower Clyde. At the beginning of 2010 he also became chairman of Social Investment Scotland which provides loan finance to the third sector. He is also an economic adviser to the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.
Ewan has a BA in Town and Country Planning from Heriot Watt University and an honours degree in Environmental Sustainability from Dundee University. He currently works as Development Officer for the Ullapool Community Trust. He is passionate about sustainable living and he and his wife live in a cabin they have built in the woods outside Ullapool.