Gerard Long was the Executive Director of Alpha course from 2006-2014. He is now retired in Southern California with his wife Jeannie. In his younger years he was a successful athlete, running middle distance and serving as a captain for his team. He was the senior executive at HSBC Plc, and eventually moved to the United States of America to continue his career. In 2006 he left banking to join Alpha USA, an introduction to christianity which is supported by churches in over 169 countries worldwide. He later resigned from Alpha after the death of his daughter Rebekah.