Responsible for: Education and learning
Alison is an experienced secondary headteacher with over 30 years in the state secondary education system, 20 of which were in senior leadership posts in schools in North Tyneside. She has a track-record of curriculum innovation and collaborative effort to bring education and employers together to benefit both young people and the wider economy.
In 2015 she undertook to create North East Futures UTC, gaining support from businesses of all sizes, industry in key sectors of the region’s economy, local government, universities, the NHS and cultural and voluntary organisations. The UTC, of which she remains a Governor, opened in Newcastle in September.
The cross-sectoral engagement required to build these partnerships, alongside Alison’s research and policy work, led to her appointment as David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School.
She speaks on education, skills and the ‘future of work’ and her views are often sought on the impact of technology on the workplace and the workforce of the future. She supports a number of small businesses and was shortlisted for Northern Power Women’s ‘Mentor of the Year’ 2019.
Alison is experienced in governance and holds several non-exec roles in areas in which she believes she can make a difference. She is Vice-President of NFER and sits on its Products and Marketing Group; Chair of Helix Arts, an Arts Council England NPO championing equality of opportunity in the arts; a Director of The Great North Common Room, established to save the assets of the Mining Institute and create a resource to inspire future scientists and engineers; and an Advisory Board member for FIRST, a social enterprise which helps young entrepreneurs gain skills and grow their business.