Alison Pickard is a Policy Researcher at Universities UK, leading on specialist institutions and the performing and visual arts. She is also the policy lead for Conservatoires UK, a role she holds jointly with that for Universities UK.
Prior to joining Universities UK, she was Head of Professional Policy for the Incorporated Society of Musicians. With a career primarily in the arts and cultural field, she has been artistic planning manager for London’s South Bank Centre, international service manager at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and worked in a number of arts and education roles for the British Council.
A graduate of French and Music from Royal Holloway University of London, she has a postgraduate certificate of advanced studies in singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and holds an MBA and an MSc in Management and Business Research from the Open University.