Alison Robinson has been a Lancashire resident all of her life, growing up in rural, city and coastal parts of the county. She studied at Lancaster University before pursuing postgraduate courses at both Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire. She began her teaching career in 1991 and has taught across a broad range of educational providers including a school, a sixth form, a university and 6 further education colleges within Lancashire before moving into a range of management roles at Runshaw College and Myerscough College. Alison also has experience working as a part time Ofsted inspector. In April 2018 Alison became the Chief Executive and Principal at Myerscough College following 4.5 years as the Vice Principal and Deputy Chief Executive at the College.
As a teacher at heart, Alison is passionate about the role that education has in meeting employer needs and skills gaps. Addressing our local, regional, national and international skills and employment challenges has never been more important than in the wake of Brexit and the pandemic. Tackling issues such as cyber and digital resilience, youth unemployment, reskilling and upskilling our adult workforce, improving health and wellbeing, levelling up, social mobility, productivity and sustainable development are issues she is keen to support.
Alison has experience in a range of non-Executive roles including as Vice Chair of The Lancashire Colleges, Director of Landex (Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence) and Land Based Assessment Limited. She is the education representative on the Lancashire LEP Food & Agriculture Group and has been The Lancashire College’s representative on the Lancashire LEP Skills and Employment Board until recently taking up the role as Chair of the Panel. She has a broad ranging education and skills experience from sitting on a number of additional advisory panels, policy groups and forums linked to education funding, quality, teaching and learning and rural sector needs.
Equality, diversity and inclusion are core to Alison’s values. She started Myerscough on its journey to being a recognised Leader in Diversity (accredited by the National Centre for Diversity) on her appointment as Vice Principal in 2014 and in 2021 the College was recognised as the 6th most inclusive workplace in the UK. It is these values together with her belief in the power of education and training to transform lives and support economic regeneration that she will bring to the LEP Board and her role as Chair of the Lancashire LEP Skills and Employment Advisory Panel.