Alison has worked at a senior level at two of the UK's largest media organisations and her previous roles include Controller of BBC Daytime which saw her build BBC Daytime's position as market leader in a highly competitive environment and successfully launched many award-winning and world-class formats. These include: MasterChef, Saturday Kitchen, Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two, and Bargain Hunt. As Controller of BBC Children's she was responsible for
many well known series such as Horrible Histories to Sarah Jane Adventures and In the Midnight Garden.
She was then headhunted to become the first ITV Director of Factual & Daytime. She was responsible for revitalizing the channel's performance and reputation and remains the only individual to hold such a title at ITV. Alison launched numerous successful programmes, including BAFTA award-winning Long Lost Family and Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs. In addition, she commissioned several long running daytime series, such as The Chase and Tipping Point.
In her broadcasting career, Alison has also been responsible for the management of numerous high-profile media stories and her skill set chiefly includes: strategic planning, problem solving, issues management, negotiating, media and marketing.
Alison has a particular interest in women's leadership, she mentored many of her own staff as well as coaching many emerging leaders, and is able to bring her own experiences and wisdom to help develop, and improve personal skills and management style. Motivational leadership sits at the heart of her success: providing a clear vision, and promoting a collaborative and positive working environment.
Alison's board experience comprises the BBC and ITV management boards, Chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival, and member of Children's BAFTA committee.
Alisons's qualifications include:
•Professional Development Certificate in Evidence-based Coaching, Institute for Coaching and Consulting Psychology, Sydney University
•SBS Leading the Business Programme, Melbourne Business School, London Business School Advanced Financial Management
How programmes are commissioned and made. Amusing anecdotes about famous people.
2. How To Get Your TV Idea on Screen
A fun look at the commissioning system for non professionals. Tracing a programme idea from paper to screen.
3. Leading the Way
My high profile roles in broadcasting: dynamic leadership, building brands, and creating a winning team. How I bring my own experiences and wisdom to help develop and improve personal skills and management style.
4.Breaking the Glass Ceiling
My career as a TV executive, leading the commissioning departments for the two biggest broadcasters in the UK. Challenges and insights. What makes a successful commission/programme.
5. London to Bondi
How I survived and thrived in Australia. Challenges of getting a visa, relocating, working in a new and busy TV environment and managing a family.