Alyson took up the role of Deputy Director, Policy in the Scotland Office in October 2016.
Alyson’s most recent role was in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), leading on bilateral relations with 17 countries in northern and central Europe as well as the Republic of Ireland, EU institutional policy and staffing, and the FCO’s work on devolution. Her previous roles included conflict resolution work in Sudan, a secondment to the European Commission working on sanctions and conflict diamonds, and legal advisory roles on international and EU law in both Brussels and London.
A dual-qualified lawyer, Alyson worked for a leading US law firm in New York and London before joining the civil service. She speaks French, Spanish and Arabic.
Deputy Director, Policy Delivery and Relationship Management
The Deputy Director, Policy Delivery and Relationship Management is responsible for:
- Leading the Scotland Office’s Policy Division which works flexibly on policy priorities across sectors including defence, international trade, digital connectivity, broadcasting, asylum and immigration, City Deals and higher education;
- Working across the UK and Scottish Governments and with external stakeholders to ensure that the UK Government understands Scottish interests;
- Supporting ministers on reserved and key devolved subjects;
- Working with the Cabinet Office on improving UK Government devolution capability and engagement in Scotland.