Community Advisory Board
Alison was the Business Manager of a community-owned shop and café, responsible for managing a team of over 60 volunteers and working with a management committee. The shop was the hub of the community and gained a reputation for local produce and being ecologically friendly.
As the manager, Alison supported volunteers and customers, providing services such as cash back and selling tickets to local events as well as working with the parish council and other local groups. She is particularly concerned about lack of transport, lack of internet access, and rural isolation.
Alison also works as an advisor for the Plunkett Foundation, helping other cooperative and community groups set up, or advising those in existence deal with issues that arise.
Alison enjoys fencing, cakemaking and acting. Part of the Institute’s Advisory Board, she uses her skills and knowledge to represent her communities to those with influence to make significant change.