As a social scientist, the focus of Alison’s work experience over the past 20 years has been in the field of corporate social performance, predominantly in the extractives industry, but also in forestry and infrastructure.
Alison works with corporate clients to improve their social performance at both the corporate and operational level. This has involved a focus on improving the ability and capacity of clients to deliver on their social performance mandates.
Currently, a significant focus of this capacity-building is through the development and implementation of training programmes for community relations personnel. Other key work experience includes the development of guidelines and methodologies for improved social performance; socio-economic assessments of existing operations; on-site work with community relations staff to ensure implementation of corporate policies; conflict mediation; resettlement planning; social performance assurance; development of stakeholder engagement strategies; and the design and facilitation of custom-made social performance training workshops. These areas of experience range throughout the life cycle of a project.
Alison is an accredited mediator with the African Centre for Dispute Settlement and CEDR, and has a coaching accreditation with the Centre for Coaching at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. Alison is based in South Africa and works from Noordhoek in the Western Cape.