Allison was former Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Health Board. Born and brought up in Swansea, Allison started her NHS career in London where she graduated with a BSc (Hons) Nursing in 1989. Her early clinical career in women’s health led her to take up a lecturing post in Southampton University from where she returned to Wales in the early 1990s as a Genetic Counsellor based in Cardiff.
For several years she combined her clinical practice and lecturing activities with an expanding general management portfolio before deciding to step into a full-time management career in 1995.
From an Associate Director post on the Board of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Allison moved to Edinburgh in 2000 and returned again to Wales in 2003 to take up post as Chief Executive of Ceredigion and Mid Wales NHS Trust.
Between 2008 and 2009 Allison worked in the Strategy Unit of the Welsh Assembly Government Department of Health and Social Services and then as Interim Chief Executive at Velindre NHS Trust.
Allison has led a number of clinical change programmes at an organisational, Regional and National level , the most recent of which has been with Dr Chris Jones developing the National strategy “Setting the Direction”. As Director of Primary, Community and Mental Health for Cwm Taf Health Board from 2009, Allison has led the implementation of this programme locally as well as taking the lead Director role for the National Assurance Board. In 2011 Allison became Chief Executive of Cwm Taf Health Board. She is passionate about high quality patient care, clinical leadership and empowering staff to deliver.