“I’m a project Manager for the Interreg AHFES Project (The Atlantic Area Healthy Food EcoSystem Project) in Wales, I conduct bespoke research and generate insightful reports for clients. I also provide training and mentoring to support businesses in the Food and Drink Sector”
Alison is a customer focussed, proactive and creative Business Consultant at BIC. She is an experienced Food Industry Professional with a successful background in fast paced, dynamic manufacturing & retailing sectors, offering a range of consultancy services across a myriad of different sectors. She is a creative researcher able to undertake targeted research and create actionable insight for clients from diverse information sources. Being very commercially aware, she is able to deliver success for clients by supporting them in scoping business objectives and defining strategy to deliver profitable business growth.
Alison combines a practical approach with creativity and a strong consumer focus, as well as building positive working relationships within cross functional teams. She offers project management support and is committed to meeting deadlines, ensuring attention to detail & driving continuous improvement in ways of working.
Describe your experience in the sector?
35 years in the food industry in Supermarket Buying and Innovation and Product Development roles. Latterly consultancy for businesses in the food and adjacent market sectors.
What advice would you give your past self?
You don’t have to know everything to start something – take the leap and have confidence that you will adapt, learn and grow along the way.
In your opinion, what is the biggest development in the food industry in the past 3 years?
I think the declining access to a freely moving EU workforce will have huge implications for how food is produced in the years ahead.
Where is the best place you’ve travelled to?
Tough decision but the Western Cape in South Africa and Vancouver Island in British Columbia are highlights.
What are your key skills?
Combining a creative approach with creating and delivering a structured, outcome focused plan.