Allison leads the Equality and Human Rights team. She brings over 25 years of experience of the community and voluntary sector, and has worked within a variety of settings, both at a strategic and operational level. She joins Inspiring Scotland after thirteen years with the National Lottery Community Fund, where she managed funding programmes, led on the development of new initiatives, and more recently, led the Knowledge and Learning work. Allison brings a breadth of public policy knowledge, and a strong commitment to learning and influencing.
Allison started her career in international development, working on range of issues in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. She is motivated by power of community-led social action to challenge inequality and to bring about sustainable change.
Allison tries to spend much of her spare time outdoors, and particularly enjoys running and open water swimming. She is also a board member of Cerebral Palsy Scotland.
The Thrive Outdoors team has today (Monday 12 February 2024) launched a new website to showcase the work of the fund and share resources with the play and outdoor sector. The new site will be a hub for outdoor play champions, offering support, guidance and resources – a one-stop-shop for practitioners, education professionals and childmindersRead More
We kicked off the new year by hosting the first online conference of its kind in Scotland – Infant Mental Health: Babies in Scotland 2024. This event was in partnership with the Scottish Government and was our biggest event yet with 588 people attending on the day. It was incredible to get that manyRead More
The Scottish Government has recently asked for views on their proposed Care Leavers Payment. As Scotland’s national mentoring programme for children and young people with care experience, our Fund Manager Christine was in a unique position to gather valuable insights from the young people this will affect. Here’s what she found out… In myRead More