Alison joined the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce in August 2012 as Projects Director and then Senior Director where she is responsible for strategic partnerships and overseeing projects activity which stimulate change for Glasgow and its business community. Her areas of responsibility include: employability and Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow; circle economy; digital and city centre.
Prior to returning to Glasgow, she had been Director of Destination Liverpool since 2009; responsible for positioning Liverpool as a great place to visit, study, live, work and invest. Her directorate included the city's tourism development, tourist information centre network and cruise terminal teams.
Previously, Alison had widespread experience working on projects such as GlobalScot network and International Destination Management whilst running her own project management consultancy Blue Toucan. She was also Project Director for Homecoming Scotland 2009, where she designed the vision and strategy and led the development phase of this national project.
Alison has broadcast experience with BBC Radio Scotland, having researched and presented a series on 'Wealth Creators' as well being co-host of MacAulay and Co with Fred MacAulay for a time. She was the first woman to read Architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge University and has undertaken numerous personal development programmes including at Harvard Business School and the Disney Institute.
Alison has a passion for art and design, travelled widely and a wide range of personal interests including yoga and music.
She is a board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance and previously served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Childcare Reform in Scotland.