Originally from the Lake District, and following study at Bournemouth and Sheffield, Alison has been a professional archaeologist for over 30 years and is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). She worked for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (part of the University of Cambridge) as a Senior Manager for over 27 years and has been responsible for major projects such as the new town of Northstowe, Grand Arcade in the centre of Cambridge and Trumpington Meadows. Although interested in all periods of the past she has a particular keenness for post-Roman archaeology through to modern times, including WWII, railways and industrial buildings. She has also worked on many historic buildings including pubs, farmyards, medieval churches and cathedrals. Alison has worked in locations as diverse as Barra in the Outer Hebrides and Southern Italy.
Community engagement is increasingly important in all areas of archaeology. Alison was Manager of Access Cambridge Archaeology, an archaeology outreach unit within the University of Cambridge for five years from 2015 to 2019.
Alison is a former President of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, which is dedicated to the safeguarding, investigation and preservation of Cambridgeshire’s past, and was recently appointed as Cathedral Archaeologist to Bury St. Edmund's Cathedral.