Alison was born and lived her early childhood in Scotland. Her family then moved to Harrogate where she attended Harrogate Grammar School, followed by University and employment in Leeds and the surrounding area.
She moved from the Yorkshire Dales to Lymm in 1983 and joined the Festival Committee in 2008. She is married, with a daughter, a son and three grand children.
Having previously worked in HR, the Probation Service (South Manchester Sexual Abuse Team) and Secondary Education, she is, along with her various other interests, Festival Secretary (plus other responsibilities) and enjoys being part of this brilliant, friendly, active group of people who work so well together, using their considerable variety of skills for the benefit of the Festival and the Community.