Alison started her career as a State Registered Nurse, working in both acute and community settings. She later qualified as a solicitor, focusing on family and mental health law. She has been a National Health Service Chair for eleven years across mental health, learning disability and community services, and a non-executive director for eighteen years. She has broad experience in governance, patient safety and quality, with a strong focus on service user, staff and stakeholder engagement.
Alison has a track record leading major organisational change, having successfully taken Bedfordshire and Luton Partnership Trust (BLPT) through the first competitive tendering process in the NHS in 2009/2010. Following the acquisition of BLPT by SEPT, she chaired Luton Community Services through their transfer out of NHS Luton in April 2011.
Alison is a company director of a community interest company, developing a web based service and forum for people caring for elderly relatives. She is also a Trustee of IMPACTmh, a mental health charity run by and for people who have experienced, or are experiencing mental ill health.