Alison brings a wealth of strategic experience and operational knowhow gained from a career centred on higher education and the student experience in the UK and internationally. She recently retired from her role as the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which she led for six years. This charitable company collects HE data and provides an informatics service for the public, the universities themselves, students and policy makers.
Prior to that Alison was on the senior executive of Bristol University as Deputy Registrar and Director of Information Services, with responsibility for all the student facing services, including student administration, the library and IT, the residences, student welfare, sport and the Students’ Union.
Before moving to Bristol she was Director of IT at Warwick University and came into the university sector in 1993 as Director of Computing for Goldsmiths College.
She has been involved in the development of strategy in HE affecting learning and teaching, research and information management and IT/library services. She has been responsible for leading on innovative programmes in the ESRC and AHRC, as well as capital infrastructure developments and e-learning strategies aiming to improve the student experience. She has sat on various national committees including the Jisc Board supporting IT and the adoption of digital information across the HE sector and carried out consultancy and provided advice in universities as diverse as Cambridge and St Andrews.
She is on the Bar Standards Board, particularly to provide expertise on higher education and training and is on the Board of Northumbria University and of Regent’s University London.
In 2016 New Year’s Honours she was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education.