A warm and engaging executive coach with over twenty years’ experience in this area . Her aim is to develop and release the personal potential of individuals, but she brings to this work a background with a strong business focus. Her approach is to support and challenge, working closely with her clients to develop practical solutions tailored to their needs.
Her range of clients is broad, she works with senior executives in large international legal, consulting and accountancy partnerships like PwC, McKinsey and Linklaters, global banks like HSBC and RBS, together with global companies such as CISCO and Rentokil Initial.
Alison has a particular specialism in women’s leadership. She designed and led the EY Women’s Leadership programme for Cranfield Business School with Professor Susan Vinnicombe OBE between 2008 and 2016. She is the programme director of the Linklaters Global Women’s Leadership Programme which has been running since 2012. Both the Linklaters and EY Programmes have won multiple international awards. Since 2016 Alison has been working with Allen and Overy, HSBC Digital and Bird and Bird designing and leading their Global Women’s Leadership Programmes. Her book which draws on her experience with professional service firms (Inside Knowledge – how women can thrive in professional service firms) has been published by Emerald Publishers
In her executive coaching she works with leaders and aspiring leaders internationally at Linklaters, Allen & Overy, EY, PwC, Deloitte, McKinsey, Cisco, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund, HSBC, RBS, Rentokil Initial, White and Case, Orrick, Bird & Bird and K&L Gates. Alongside her coaching Alison designs and runs programmes on many subjects including leadership, managing a team and client relationship building for a number of organisations as well as returning to her financial roots to work on business perspectives programmes. Alison was a director of the Praxis Centre at Cranfield Business School between 2011 and 2013 and coaches Cranfield’s MBA students. She has worked extensively in Europe, Asia, USA and Africa.
After taking an Economics degree Alison qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She has lectured in Financial Accounting, Economics and Tax in the UK and overseas and written articles on taxation for The Observer in the UK. She was Head of Career Development for the tax and legal practice across Europe, the Middle East and Africa before leaving PwC in 2001 to work freelance.
Alison has a masters in organisational psychology from the Tavistock which focused on coaching and organisational development and is a member of the Association for Coaching. She is an accredited coach and tutor of the Centaur model. She is a qualified MBTI practitioner and sits as a lay member on the British Psychoanalytic Council’s ethics committee.