Brigadier Alan Gordon was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1959. He served in Kenya, Germany, Malaysia, Egypt/Israel and the UK, including operational tours in Borneo, Northern Ireland and the Sinai. He attended the Staff College in 1970/71 and taught at the Royal Military College of Science in 1980/81. MyHislast post was as Defence Adviser to the British High Commission in India and he retired from the Army in 1994.
Gordon was appointed Bursar and elected a Fellow of Wolfson College in 1995 and served the College until 2004 when he was elected an Emeritus Fellow. Thereafter, he has been Chairman of the National Committee of The Royal Artillery Association, a Trustee of the RA Charitable Fund, Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Army Cadet Force Association and am Chairman RA Widows Insurance Society Ltd, a Governor of Dorset House School, a Director of Sarasin Alpha Funds, Admiral of the Royal Artillery Yacht Club.