Alison is a public health doctor, having qualified in medicine from Bristol University. She held board level leadership positions in the NHS for 25 years, including 10 years as director of public health in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. She is also an experienced coach and mentor.
Until she retired she was Public Health England’s Deputy Chief Knowledge Officer. She provided strategic leadership and business management within Public Health England’s knowledge directorate and was managerially responsible for 600 staff. She was responsible for a wide range of knowledge products, such as local authority health profiles and the NHS Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
Between 2000 and 2012 Alison was managing director of Solutions for Public Health, an NHS business unit, developing it into a £7 million business, with 80 staff. SPH provided highly specialised public health evidence and intelligence services to clients across the UK including government departments, the NHS, local authorities, and other health bodies including NICE.
Alison was on the board of Cycling England for its duration. She has had a long-standing interest in the role that cycling can play in improving health across populations, and the contribution that public health professionals and the NHS can make to increasing the number of people cycling.