Having worked inside government as a Special Adviser to Ministers in several government departments, she has an intimate knowledge of the workings of Westminster and Whitehall. She has also worked as a Board Director in public affairs consultancy, advising and representing business leaders and organisations on their government and political relations. As Director of Corporate Affairs for a multinational travel company and Director of International Government Relations for a worldwide energy business, she also has experience working in-house, helping Chief Executives and Board Members to build essential sustainable relationships with politicians and officials and represent their policy interests effectively to government nationally, locally and internationally.
Alison’s experience working with leaders in politics and business led to an interest in coaching senior individuals and teams. She is a leadership trainer and coach with a particular interest in combining this with her years of experience in government and politics to train and coach executives in their handling of public affairs.
Her work in this field has included training senior NHS personnel to work effectively with Members of Parliament as part of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme; coaching Board Members of the newly formed Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in London, as well as coaching business executives in a wide range of sectors in large and small companies.
Alison has a Masters degree in Psychology, trained as an executive coach with the Oxford School of Coaching & Mentoring and is qualified to administer psychometric tests such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).