As a specialist in the changing workforce and workplace, she wrote ‘Closing the Gender Gap’, an Executive Action report published by The Conference Board. She wrote and contributed to a number of ‘Working Better’ reports for Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission, including A Manager’s Guide to Flexible Working, and The Over-50s, the new work generation.
During eight years as Management Writer at the Financial Times, she wrote series on business ethics and on the ageing workforce, and led special reports, including Responsible Business, Business and Diversity and Business and Development.
In 2004, she and the FT features team won The Conference Board Europe’s first media award ‘for having raised awareness and public consciousness of the issues of diversity and work-life balance’.
She interviewed leading figures including: Al Gore, Carly Fiorina (then CEO of Hewlett-Packard), Niall FitzGerald (then chairman of Unilever), Sir Terry Leahy (then CEO of Tesco), Lord Chris Patten, Dame Stella Rimington (former head of MI5) and Sir Stuart Rose (then head of Marks & Spencer).
In her earlier FT career, Alison was responsible for editorial coverage of world stock markets at the time of the 1987 global crash, was European news editor as eastern Europe opened up after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and reported on Food & Agriculture at the height of ‘Mad Cow Disease’ and the crisis over genetically modified foods.
Before joining the FT, she was a correspondent with Reuters, the international news agency, in London and Paris, having trained in journalism on the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.