Before being appointed as CEO of Visionary in 2015, Alison was the Interim Director of Resources at Thomas Pocklington Trust where she was not only responsible for overseeing Finance, HR, Property and other operational activities but also delivered a number of internal sight loss sector related projects including an Accessibility project and the establishment of a Visually Impaired Intern Programme.
Before joining Thomas Pocklington Trust, Alison combined her professional management roles with volunteering with a local charity, the River Thames Boat Project, where she worked directly with their client groups which gave her experience of working with a range of disabilities. She also worked on a number of fundraising and operational strategy projects and was appointed as a trustee in 2013. She has also been a trustee of two local sight loss societies: South East London Vision and Birmingham Vision.
Alison, who is a qualified Chartered Accountant, worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in both Audit and Risk Management. As a director in the Banking and Capital markets team there she led a number of restructuring and issue resolution projects and was part of the management team responsible for delivering the successful Lehman Brothers administration. She also performed an internal leadership role and sat on the Community Affairs Group. In 2011 she moved into the commercial sector, taking on the role of Finance Director at a commercial property investment group, before joining the voluntary sector in 2014. Her move into the voluntary sector is a reflection of her belief that all individuals have the right to actively participate in a world which is accessible to all.