Alison's route into housing has not been a traditional one. After a career in local government, she was unwell for several years, unable to work and in receipt of incapacity benefit. Her ‘way back’ to housing came through governance and - in her own words - she has been "fortunate, and privileged, to be involved with a number of organisations across the sector."
It was as chair of the National Federation of ALMOs that Alison first met former CIH chief executive Sarah Webb, and it was her who convinced Alison that, yes, she was a housing professional, and that there was a home for her within CIH.
Alison said: "We are in the midst of a housing crisis, with rising homelessness, chronic unaffordability, shrinking numbers of socially-rented homes at a time they are most needed and supply growing nowhere near fast enough. CIH and its members can be part of the solution."
Alison will be fund-raising for Women's Aid during her year as president. Find out more and get involved