My mission is to show organisations how to be pro-active and act positively for the health agenda
Accreditations and Expertise
Alison is a public health doctor, having qualified in medicine from Bristol University and trained as a specialist in public health. She has been in senior board level leadership positions in the NHS for the last 30 years, including 10 years as director of public health in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
Alison is an experienced coach, mentor, medical appraiser, facilitator and trainer. She has facilitated workshops on organisational developments in clinical and public health services, and run action learning sets for clinicians and public health teams. She has completed a Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring Practice in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University in order to put a sound theoretical basis to her practice.
Until recently she was Public Health England’s Deputy Chief Knowledge Officer. Within this role she had responsibility for strategic leadership and business management within Public Health England’s knowledge directorate and was managerially responsible for 600 staff. She had strategic oversight of a wide range of knowledge products and programmes within the directorate such as local authority health profiles and the NHS Atlas of Healthcare Variation.
Prior to joining Public Health England, Alison was managing director of Solutions for Public Health, an NHS business unit, and led the organisation for 14 years, developing it into a £7 million business, with 80 staff, hosted by Milton Keynes PCT. SPH provided a range of highly specialised public health evidence and intelligence services to clients across the UK including DH, Home Office, the NHS, local authorities, and other health bodies including NICE. Before that she was director of public health in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes for 10 years leading on health strategy and primary care development for the county.
She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford and has authored numerous publications including Public Health and Primary Care – Partners in Population Health, published by Oxford University Press. Alison has also served as visiting Professor to the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.
Alison was on the board of Cycling England, and has had a long standing interest in the role that cycling can play in improving health across populations, and the contribution that public health professionals and the NHS can make to increasing the number of people cycling.