Alan Francis co-founded Gaunt Francis (with now retired David Gaunt) in 1997, having previously worked in both public and private sectors in London and Wales.

He now heads up the London office, maintaining an active involvement in all projects, as often as not still sketching by hand in meetings and at the drawing board.

Alan was chairman of the Design Commission for Wales for eleven years from 2006-2017, a national organisation established by the Welsh Government in 2002 to champion good design and a high quality environment. He is also an academician with the Academy of Urbanism.

Alongside 35 years post-qualification experience in mainstream commercial development, he has maintained a keen interest in music and rugby football, as well as the ongoing conversion and extension of his 16th century grade II listed cruck-framed barn in the Brecon Beacons.