Alison is a recently retired executive nurse with a varied nursing career that spans 35 years. Alison is regarded as a knowledge expert in learning disabilities, providing advice and support to the London Strategic Health Authority, Cabinet Office, NHS England and the Department of Health.

Alison spearheaded one of the first acute liaison projects, which influenced the National Strategy for learning disabilities. These changes brought benefits and improvements in patient outcomes. This work was cited as good practice in various publications. Alison also designed a programme of quality improvement through a series of observational visits to commissioned services across the whole patient pathway.

She has also completed a Masters in Health Science (Learning Disabilities Studies) and is currently in the final stages of writing up her thesis of a qualitative research study with women with learning disabilities that will lead to the award of Doctor in Health Research.