Alison is passionate about helping businesses meet objectives and drive performance through engaged people and high performing teams.
With over 20 years’ experience she is a commercially astute Human Resources Director with considerable strategic experience and track record of positively influencing change within business whilst providing hands-on delivery of fundamental HR practices.
She is credible and pragmatic with strong communication skills, has the ability to build relationships at all levels and to gain engagement to HR interventions which add bottom line value.
Alison has global organisational, multi sector and site experience within engineering and manufacturing at Mira Showers; supply chain, warehousing and distribution at Bidfood and financial service and public sector experience.
With expertise in strategy development; leadership and management coaching; organisational design; talent attraction, retention and succession planning; embedding employee engagement strategies; culture development; internal communications; as well as change and performance management. Alison is energised when working with leadership and management teams and is known for her integrity, challenge, practical and creative problem solving whilst combining this with just the right mix of good humour and fun!
Alison enjoys walking her spaniel Willow on beaches and through the beautiful British countryside. She feeds her creative side with designing beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy over good food and wine with friends.
What People Say About Alison
Alison joined Valleys to Coast in March 2019 on an interim basis and 18 months later is still with us!! Demonstrating her skills, values and professionalism. Alison has been instrumental working with me to recruit to a permanent role. Alison’s approach has been one of partnership, contributing as part of the strategic leadership team, which has been critically important given the turbulence the organisation has been through. Alison has worked to strengthen the HR and OD function, developing and coaching the team and individuals to set firm foundations in which to build on. Making sure we have the right policies, processes and systems in place…doing it the right way!
Having recently taken up post of CEO, Alison has been a real asset to myself, both personally and professionally, her depth of experience and expertise in challenging and demanding situations has been invaluable. I respect her professionalism and judgement which has given me great confidence that the work she has begun to establish our People Strategy will put us on the right footing.
Alison is always available, responsive and I would highly recommend her from expert HR support to Strategic OD visioning.
Joanne Oak, Chief Executive Officer, Valleys to Coast Housing