Alan Davey, CBE has been the controller of BBC Radio 3 since January 2015. He is a former civil servant and arts council administrator. Alan studied at the University of Birmingham (BA, English, 1982), Merton College, Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London.
Starting as an Administration Trainee in the Department of Health and Social Security in 1985, he was Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Health, 1988–90. He went to the Department of National Heritage in 1992 to head the National Lottery Bill Team. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, 1993–94, then Head of European Business, Medicines Control Agency 1995–97, then secretary of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, 1997–99. He was awarded a Fulbright/Helen Hamlyn Scholarship in 1999. After this, at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, he was Head of Arts Division from January 2001 to April 2004, and subsequently Director of Arts and Culture from May 2004 to December 2007. Alan was Chief Executive of Arts Council England 2008-14.
Alan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to the arts.