At The Crown Estate, Alison ensures they’ve got the basics right on issues like equality of pay, hiring and promotion, and building a strong pipeline of female talent. They have “family friendly” policies such as extended paternity leave, adoption and care leave, and emergency care support. She recently appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss the GPG statistics and champion momentum for change, after The Crown Estate published figures showing that women in the organisation are paid marginally more than men. Externally, Alison is an active champion of Pathways to Property; an internship and mentoring programme, which supports young people from diverse backgrounds to get into property. She speaks at a huge number of events, and was keynote speaker at Bisnow’s inaugural women in property event, the awards dinner hosted by Women in Property. She also supports Real Estate Balance; Chicks with Bricks; The Mentoring Foundation; the Honour Chapman memorial lectures and RICS Inspirational speaker series. Alison has mentored and coached several women over the years, including the only current female CEO of a construction company.
At The Crown Estate, Alison makes sure they have the basics right on issues such as equality of pay, the way they hire and promote, and how they ensure a strong pipeline of female talent. She supports employees with “family friendly” policies – such as extended paternity leave, adoption and care leave, and emergency care support. Two out of the three of her Executive Committee colleagues are female and 30% of the Board Commissioners are female. Their bespoke leadership programme (comprised of the executive committee, directors and other senior staff) includes recognising unconscious bias and creating the right workplace culture. Alison is a very visible supporter of diversity charities, and regularly hosts talks from inspiring individuals to encourage diverse thinking within business. The Crown Estate has achieved the RICS Inclusive Employer standard, which gives them a framework to evaluate and celebrate what the business does well, highlights areas for improvement and helps them learn from the best practice of other businesses. Alison worked on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for 8 years, starting on the bid. As the only female director, it was critical that she built a highly diverse team – across many different backgrounds, genders, sexual orientation and disabilities.