After a number of senior roles in education, print journalism, publishing, organisational consultancy and technical operations management, she was part of the team that created the UK’s leading internal coaching service, the BBC Coaching Network and pioneered supervision for internal coaches. Since 2010 her community interest company Akatemia has worked with universities and schools in the UK to adapt methods pioneered in Finland, a world-leader in education, for application in English universities and schools.
Alison has a Masters degree from Jesus College, Oxford, an MA in Human Resource Management, a postgraduate qualification in coaching practice and a distinction from Oxford Brookes University in coaching supervision. She is Chartered CIPD, ICF credentialed, a trained careers and Team Academy team coach and MBTI qualified.
As a coach, Alison combines strong analytical and intellectual skills with a supportive, energising style. Her knowledge of coaching psychology allows her to draw from a range of approaches to work creatively with her clients and act as a catalyst for new perspectives to emerge. With her background in education, Alison has a particular talent for making theoretical models relevant and accessible and has won high praise from clients as a trainer, supervisor and coach developer.