Alison is undertaking PhD research at UCL's Institute of Education, exploring the roles of English university governing bodies. Alison works on a project basis as an Associate with Advance HE on a number of governance-related projects.
Before embarking on her PhD, Alison led one of the UK's largest private providers of higher education, GSM London, and served on HEFCE's Leadership, Governance and Management Strategic Advisory Committee and the UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment.
Previously, Alison worked at Executive Director level for over 20 years, successfully leading sizeable organisations and a variety of central functions. Working with her teams, they developed and delivered strategies that significantly improved performance through strong consumer insight, brand development, focus on effectiveness, and good stakeholder management. Alison has a proven track record of building organisational capability in both executive, non-executive, and consulting roles.