Alison Payne – Research Director

Alison graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Economics and Politics in 2001. She began her career within the Scottish Conservative MSPs’ Research Unit, going on to spend four years as Head of Research. She later went on to become Political Adviser to Annabel Goldie MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Group of MSPs. This role included acting as adviser to the Scottish Conservative Policy Advisory Group which was independent of the party.

Before joining Reform Scotland, Alison  was a senior account manager with PPS, which provides lobbying, communications and consultation advice to the property and development industry.  She also spent 10 years as a Girl Guide leader, prior to the birth of her second child in 2010.

Alison lives in Edinburgh with her two children and is a widow following the death of her husband from cancer in November 2015.