Three things you didn’t know about...

Gabriella Griffith
CEO of the Management Consultancies Association Alan Leaman

1 He was once Paddy Ashdown’s right hand man and credits himself with kicking off the politician’s close relationship with the Balkans (Ashdown was the UN’s High Representative in Bosnia for three and a half years) as it was Leaman who suggested he visit during the break-up of Yugoslavia.

2 Alan has a passion for brass band music and played throughout his teens, reaching national level playing the euphonium –“the premier instrument of the brass band”.

3 His favourite media moment was when he appeared on Working Lunch with Harvey Goldsmith. The promoter’s phone went off during the live show and Leaman said there was a pretty tense moment but Goldsmith just smiled through it.