Alison has worked at local, regional and national level both in the NHS and government.

 Current and recent contracts include :

i) British Dietetic Association – Food and Health Policy Officer (2006 - current) 

Development of the Association’s strategy and building national partnerships with stakeholders to influence key decisions in food and health policy.


ii) Edge Hill University - Associate Tutor (Feb 2012 - )   

Lecturer in nutrition and public health nutrition for the Nutrition and Health BSc

ii) Cumbria County Council - Commissioning manager – healthy weight strategy, children’s services (2010 - August 2011)
Leading the development of a healthy weight strategy for Cumbria during the transition of public health from the NHS to Local Authority.


iii) Greater Manchester Public Health Network (March 2011 - current)

a) Developed a discussion document identifying the risks and opportunities for the food system to help deliver the Greater Manchester Strategy.

b)Proposal for a healthier catering business award for Greater Manchester  (Oct 2011- Dec 2011)

iv) NHS NW (2008 -  April 10)

Development of successful proposal, project management and evaluation framework of the HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young) in the NW   - a weight management capacity building programme for the Early Years workforce.

v) Lancashire County Commercial Services (2008 - 2010)

Established menu development guidelines and nutrient analysis database to demonstrate statutory compliance with nutritional standards for school meals. Implemented an extensive workforce development training programme.

vi) WRAP (Waste and Resource Action Programme) (Completed March 2010)  

Research study with caterers to identify opportunities and barriers to reduce food waste in schools

vii) Kirklees Environmental Services (2010 -  2011)

Mentored and provided professional support to FINE (Food Initiative and nutrition Education) project

viii) Burnley Food Links (completed Oct 09)

Evaluation of a community cook and eat project using focus groups of participants and structured interviews with practitioners

ix) Natural England (2006 – 2008) National Step-o-meter programme

Training primary care professionals in motivational skills to increase physical activity