Alison has 30 years of business and legal experience in a wide range of organisations, both public and private sector. She gained an MBA in 2001, qualified as a barrister in 2005, and achieved qualification as a Chartered Secretary in 2011. In addition she is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and the Chartered Management Institute. She is presently Trust Secretary for EKHUFT and has experience in a range of sectors such as NatWest PLC and a subsidiary of Unilever PLC.
Her experience and involvement in a number of business start-ups and specialisation in complex start-up situations was commended in 2007, specifically for her work setting up the Research Council Shared Services Centre which involved negotiating with 7 Research Councils and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly known as the Department of Trade and Industry).