Alison is Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI), a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Universities Association. KTI is the Irish national office, responsible for policy, practice and the performance of the Irish knowledge-technology transfer (KTT) system. Having started her career in the biotech industry, she then occupied a variety of academic-industry interface positions, most significantly as CEO at Medical Research Council Technology, UK, and at Kings College London where she led technology transfer and research support.
Alison is immediate past Chair of AUTM, the global knowledge and tech transfer association based in the US. She is a founder and immediate past- Chair of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the body that sets the global standards for the profession and awards the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) credential. Previously, as Chair of Praxis (now PraxisAuril) in the UK, she led the merger with Unico and for many years led its professional development activities. Alison has served as a non-executive director on a number of companies and acted as an international advisor to government departments. Alison was awarded an OBE in 2010 (UK) in recognition of her contribution to Knowledge Transfer.