Alison offers a wide range of HR consultancy services within the context of stand-alone projects of short duration, longer term reviews and significant organisational change programmes spanning several years.  As well as undertaking solo work, she works in collaboration with other organisations and consultants (including the Halpin Partnership, HECG and SUMS Consulting) on wider-ranging projects.  Her specialist expertise includes:

Strategy and policy 

Based on significant experience at a senior level, Alison is happy to advise on the development of HR strategies and action plans and to draft policies and procedures across the full range of HR practice (including equal opportunities and diversity, pay and reward, organisational design, discipline and dismissal, grievance handling, employee health and well-being).  


Alison has extensive experience of working with university council members and of operating within the constraints of the Model Statute in chartered universities.  She is author of Getting to Grips with HR, a guide for members of the governing bodies of HEIs and has conducted a number of effectiveness reviews.

Pay and reward 

Trained in the Hay model of job evaluation, Alison has experience of evaluating roles, developing and using generic roles profiles and of the design and implementation of new pay and grading structures.  She is a highly effective negotiator and has worked effectively with trades unions at local and national level.

Equal Pay 

Alison uses the skills developed in her early career as a research scientist to bring an analytical approach to equal pay cases.  Working for both claimants and respondents, she undertakes statistical analysis, the preparation of reports and appearing as an Expert Witness before Employment Tribunals. 

Discipline, dismissal and grievance 

Alison has more than 30 years’ experience of advising senior managers on the handling of disciplinary and grievance issues, including many extremely complex and sensitive cases.  As an independent consultant, she is well-placed to conduct investigations and to advise disciplinary committees, particularly in matters involving senior staff or in cases where internal officers are precluded from further involvement. 

Facilitation, training and professional development 

Drawing on her skills as a trained mediator, Alison is an effective facilitator in small group consultation and one-to-one interviews whilst delivering briefing sessions and training workshops has been an integral part of her role throughout her HR career.   

Organisational Design & Restructuring 

Alison’s expertise includes identifying organisational design issues, advising on the HR implications of organisational restructuring (including redundancy and TUPE), negotiating severance policies with trades unions and conducting voluntary severance negotiations with individuals.