Alison was a career Public Servant in the Australian Public Service (APS) for 32 years. She was a member of the Senior Executive Service of the Australian Public Service in the Department of Environment for 10 years. Her APS career spanned a wide range of policy development and program implementation, delivery and administration across environment and conservation, heritage, coastal, natural resources and fisheries management areas. These included representational responsibilities on behalf of the Australian government with the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, APEC, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Wetlands International, and the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Partnership.
Alison has had a long association with several non-government organisations including positions as Chair/President of Wetlands International – Asia Pacific, Birds Australia and the Australasian Wader Studies Group.
Alison was appointed Chair/President of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Canberra in 2014 following a restructuring of the Board and the organisation. The Trust works in partnership with the ANU and the ACT Government in delivery of enhanced management of the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserves and is currently completing a Visitors Centre for Mulligans Flat in the suburb of Throsby.