Journalist

Alison is a freelance journalist who writes about people, business and management issues. She spent 20 years on the staff of the Financial Times, as a news editor, reporter and feature writer. She continues to contribute to the FT, and also writes columns and blogs for a wide variety of other publications and websites (see Recent Articles).

In 2010, she wrote Closing the Gender Gap, A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership, an Executive Action report published by The Conference Board.

As a specialist in the changing workforce and workplace, she contributed to the Working Better (2009) report, from Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission. She researched and wrote the Managers’ Guide to Flexible Working (2009) and wrote The Over-50s (2010), also for the Commission.

During her time at the Financial Times, she wrote several 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 and reported on Food & Agriculture at the height of the crises over BSE and 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.