Alison was an integral part of the Commercial growth in Europe. [She] quickly grasped the technicalities of the products we manufactured which was crucial during negotiations. On one occasion I was negotiating in Paris with a group who had sent their French and German purchasers. Alison switched between German, French and English seamlessly which allowed me to control the negotiation. It was not only speed but also intonation and nuance. Her people skills meant that people warmed to her and her logical organised approach enabled her to consume tasks with ease. It is very easy to underestimate Alison as she goes about her tasks quietly and without fuss.