Alison was appointed as a trustee of the festival in January 2020. She was very excited to join the festival because of its unique combination of incredible musical reputation, strong presence within the local community, and a growing international renown, all within the North of England.
Born in Durham, and having studied chemical engineering at both the University of Manchester and a Grande Ecole in Nancy, France, Alison has spent the majority of her career within the international manufacturing industry. For the last twenty years this has been focussed in strategic roles, and she is currently head of Strategy in Europe for Cummins Inc.
Alison has had a deep-rooted passion for music since early childhood, and has spent many years singing in choirs, as well as performing solo repertoire, managing to maintain her singing studies alongside engineering, both within the UK and in France. Musical tastes follow a very broad spectrum from chamber music and lieder, through opera, and jazz.