Alan Raymond Reynolds (1955–2014)

Throughout his career, Alan demonstrated an extraordinary capacity as a psychologist, leader, colleague and friend. He trained to become an educational psychologist at the University of Sheffield and joined the Bradford Psychological Service. He immediately began to have the significant impact on the work of the service and to develop the supportive relationships with colleagues which were to be the hallmark of his career as he moved to work in Hull, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Birmingham, North Lincolnshire and finally returning to Sheffield.

Alan was totally professional, always working in a thorough and considered way, and, although undoubtedly very able, was also extremely modest about his achievements and his managerial skills. His thoughtful, wise and steady approach was an inspiration to all. His work was often at the cutting edge of educational psychology and had a significant impact on the work of EP services and practitioners up and down the country. For example, he applied his deep knowledge of psychology to learning and developed groundbreaking work with teachers modelling metacognition for more effective learning in schools.

He applied a systemic approach to change and service organisation coupled with a sheer determination to ensure that everyone delivered his or her best. He generously shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with trainee psychologists within his service but also through his contribution to EP training. Alan worked with the University of Nottingham from the late 1990s until the middle of the last decade.

A skilled communicator, his work was characterised by a deep sense of what it was to be a psychologist. Astute and reflective, he brought insight and a wry humour. He was the person to turn to in times of complexity, where clarity or just straight talking was needed; for students and colleagues alike he was humane and supportive, able to see a vision beyond the detail.

Alan played key roles in the BPS Division of Education and Child Psychology, becoming Chair of both the Committee and Training Committee, once again showing enthusiastic and committed leadership and extending his influence on the national scene.

Alan was universally liked and respected by all who had the privilege to work with him over the years. Few have had the impact and influence that Alan has had on the way that colleagues work and see the world. Wherever he went, Alan inspired loyalty, admiration, trust and love. He will leave a considerable legacy. His gentleness, intellect, compassion and integrity as well as his ability to simplify the most complex notion so that it could be understood by anybody was simultaneously humbling and hugely inspiring. Not only has the profession lost a truly great psychologist, but also a truly great force for good. He will be so sadly missed, as a dear colleague and friend, by so many people across the profession.

Charmian Hobbs with the support of many colleagues
Chair Elect, Divisional of Educational and Child Psychology

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