Alison is chief executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education which provides high quality higher education leadership development programmes for universities and higher education colleges in and for higher education wherever it exists. The Leadership Foundation also offers consultancy and tailored in-house development programmes providing expert advice and support - meeting the needs of individuals, teams, the executive, and the whole institution. Alison has worked in higher education for over 20 years and she has held a number of senior positions. Prior to her current role she was head of Policy for Leadership, Governance and Management (LGM) and also had responsibility for the internal HR and oganisational development function at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce). As head of LGM Alison had a wide range of specific policy responsibilities including governance development, efficiencies and procurement, the funding and relationship management with the Leadership Foundation and Equality Challenge Unit, the HE workforce, estates and infrastructure, equality and diversity, sustainable development and through investment initiatives like the LGM Fund, support of the enhancement of all aspects of LGM capacity and capability in the sector. Alison is the immediate past president of the Association of University Administrators (AUA), and is the UK representative on the Association of Commonwealth Universities HRM Network. She advised the Australian government on the establishment of the Office for Learning and Teaching to enhance teaching quality across the Australian HE sector and speaks regularly, both nationally and internationally on all aspects of university LGM at national and international.