Alison J. Cowan

Consultant and Coach in London, United Kingdom

Alison J. Cowan

Consultant and Coach in London, United Kingdom

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Alison has spent twenty years in the international business environment, working as an interpreter for sales negotiations, creating commercial HR teams, leading organisational change and developing successful leaders across four continents.

As a human resources professional, Alison has worked for SMEs, entrepreneurial start-ups, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies - and knows what great HR looks like in the fast-paced manufacturing, engineering, distribution and FMCG industries. She has an MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management and understands the challenges presented by multi-national, multi-generational teams across cultures, and how to overcome them.

Alison designed innovative leadership packages for a Fortune 500 company, identifying talent, creating measurable competencies and developing the capabilities of 170 leaders across 24 countries. As part of that work she coached high-performance, high potential executives in three languages.

Alison speaks native English and fluent French and German, having studied Modern Languages at universities in the UK, Germany, and the École de traduction et d’interpretation, in Geneva. She is currently learning Spanish and travels internationally for work.

She is a Chartered Member at both the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Chartered Institute of Linguists, a member of the Institute of Directors and trained as a coach at the renowned Henley Business School. Alison receives regular, accredited coaching supervision.