Alison has enjoyed a varied career path. For the past 8 years she has worked within the charitable sector and is currently Fundraiser for Shannon Trust, a national literacy-focussed charity, contributing to the overall financial viability and sustainability of the organisation. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Prior to this, Alison had a successful career as a Research Scientist. She has a PhD and was a Research Fellow in the School of Biology, University of Leeds for 9 years.
In her free time, Alison has been a school governor for 9 years, being Vice-Chair for 6 years, with particular responsibility for overseeing the school improvement meetings.