Alyson at work
Alyson oversees all matters human resources related at Hunter, Aitkenhead & Walker.
She has spent 20 years leading human resources teams across the country, including for Leicestershire police force, the National Farmers Union and the RAF Association.
Alyson at home
Alyson likes to keep fit. She is a keen runner, regularly attends spin classes at her local gym and is a member of the Wymeswold Running club.
More sedately, she is a member of a choir and a local book club.
Alyson is keen to try new things, not all of which work out how she hoped. For example, her attempts to make preserves at home, which left her with inedible crab apple jelly!
Alyson in the spotlight
On an ideal weekend, you can find me:
Saturday evening having a meal with friends. A long Sunday run or bike ride (distance not speed), poached eggs, bit of roast tomatoes, the Sunday papers, strong coffee and that’s about me sorted….and then a relax in front of the fire with a film, a cuddle with Jim and a chilled Sauvignon.
When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for:
Dessert?? I’m often too full from the lovely starter and mains! If I had to, I’d squeeze in a tiny morsel of cheese and quince jelly. Can anyone live without cheese? Isn’t it a staple food?
My favourite part of the day is:
6pm Friday. Life is so busy with work, activities and family stuff that it’s nice to know the weekend has arrived…see answer no 1.
In the film adaptation of my life, I hope to be played by:
A strong, slightly fierce, principled woman, so someone like Sigourney Weaver
My proudest moment was:
When Alex my son who has Asperger’s (a high functioning form of autism) got his first ‘proper’ job. Unemployment rates for people on the autism spectrum can range from 75% to 97%, even when the economy is healthy.
The three words my colleagues would use to describe me are:
Loyal, approachable, problem-solver
I turn the radio up when they play:
Motown, or whatever my latest craze is. It is currently Pentatonix (an American acapella group) although I can’t quite pick up the harmonies. At least that’s what Jim tells me!
My favourite holiday is:
I love the Far East. I spent time as a child growing up in Singapore although it’s changed a great deal since then and is much more cosmopolitan. The river isn’t an open sewer any more, everything is now very smart and clean (probably a bit too clinically clean now) and its lost some of its earlier vibe. I still love it as Jim and I went on honeymoon there so I have some additional happy memories.