Al completed his Masters Degree in Psychology at the University of Canterbury prior to joining the Army. Over the next 30 years he filled many positions including Chief HR Officer for the NZArmy and Commandant of the New Zealand Defence College. Al deployed to Bougainville as the Senior New Zealand Officer, and also served in East Timor.
Al become HR Manager for Landcorp Farming Ltd in 2011.
In September 2014 Al joined WorkSafeNZ as the Programme Manager Agriculture.He is currently the Sector Lead for Agriculture.