Alison is a member of the Australian War Memorial Council, a Non-Executive Director of The Hospital Research Foundation and The Repat Foundation - The Road Home, a member of the Board of Governors for The Repat Foundation, and a committee member on the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project. She was also the Executive Director Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience.
In March 2015, Alison retired from the Australian Regular Army after a 30 year career and continues to serve in the Army Reserve. During her career, Alison served on operations in Cambodia (United Nations Transitional Authority Cambodia) in 1993, East Timor (International Force East Timor) in 1999/2000, Iraq in 2006 and Afghanistan (Headquarters International Security Assistance Force) in 2008/2009. Her senior military appointments included Director-General Public Affairs, Director-General Strategic Communication and Director-General ADF Theatre Project (The Long Way Home).
She was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994 for her work in Cambodia and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 for her work in Afghanistan.
Alison holds a Master of Management Studies, a Master of Defence Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, and a Graduate Diploma in Communications and Information Systems Management. In 2014, Alison was awarded a scholarship to attend the Women's Leadership Forum, Harvard Business School.