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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.
Alison transitioned from PA to HR Officer whilst at Wagon. Alison demonstrated a great passion for HR and was regularly involved in the solving of complex HR situations. Alison also has a great gift for languages which assisted her hugely whilst actively participating in the European Works Council. I have watched Alison develop into a competent HR professional who would be an asset to many HR teams.
I found Alison to be a fantastic manager and mentor, who really gave me a lot of the HR skills that I have today! As a manager, she empowers her team and freely gives them opportunities to learn and grow in their careers. During tough times, Alison led our team with great tenacity and dedication, which was a real inspiration to us all, keeping us focussed and successful.
Alison is a very committed HR Professional. She is able to manage change in a fast moving environment that combines professional integrity and commercial awareness. Alison’s range of skills enables her to work within a complex matrix structure spanning the UK, Europe and the USA and successfully manages to provide local solutions within a multinational group.
I have known Alison Cowan since 2006 as a colleague and during my period as interim Director HR, Masco Europe. Alison is a very intelligent HR professional, who does not only master the tools and processes of HR, but also demonstrates a deep knowledge of the industry and the company in which she works. She is a true sparring partner for the management group.
She is ambitious, curios and an easy learner. She is a devoted people developer. She knows how to build, organize and lead an HR department.
Alison is an exceptional Manager from whom I have learnt a great deal in the 2.5 years we have worked together.
In my opinion, Alison is an extremely supportive Manager providing me with advice and guidance when needed, but also challenging me to make decisions and develop my hands-on knowledge.
Alison has a great deal of empathy and with her excellent coaching ability, she has impacted positively on everyone within the business.
Alison would be an asset to any company!
Alison is a highly dependable and outgoing HR professional who strives for excellence in all that she does. She is a people person who has a talent for developing a rapport with others at all levels within the business. Alison has a natural flair and ability to coach and support those around her. It is without reservation that I would recommend Alison and on a personal note she has been a superb Manager and supportive coach to me.
I worked together with Alison on a number of occasions mainly unusual, difficult and high exposure HR- and Ethics related matters which required the involvement of the legal department. Alison managed to handle these matters in a professional way with the right degree of sensibility required in the specific situations. She is an experienced and talented HR-manager and has a very positive attitude which is well balanced with her pragmatic communication style. Her excellent German language skills were highly appreciated by the German speaking colleagues in our company and facilitated best practice sharing and communication with the HR-managers of our German subsidiaries. I enjoyed working with Alison and would highly recommend her without hesitation.
From the word ‘go’ Alison appeared to be a very strong and passionate HR Professional. She has the ability to build long lasting relationships and partnerships with customers, HR Business Partners and stakeholders at local, regional and global level. Her communication skills are outstanding! Alison has proven to be an excellent Manager and Leader within the HR discipline. She manages change effectively and her committment to excellence inspires everyone in the team!
Alison’s sound work ethics are perfectly suited to fast-paced and demanding corporate environments.
Alison has supported me very well, her professionalism in the way she executes her projects gives all her colleagues confidence. Alison has helped me well in the complex sphere of compensation and benefits with a good piece of work around grading and erosion of rates of pay between grades.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Alison. Her social skills and engagement in detail in the different fields of the business differentiate her. She is truly global through her international experience and the various languages she speaks. I’d recommend her with any project that requires the very best in all fields of HR.
Alison provided a great support to the HR team during her time at Sealine, this was done through her coaching and mentoring style of leadership. She not only helped to develop my HR experience and knowledge but provided commercial opportunites to develop my own business acumen. Her use of MBTI within the team was not only useful, but also very insightful.
Her professional and practical HR approach to business will be an asset to future employers.
Alison delivered a very professional and motivating leadership course / workshop to our leadership team here at Mercury Marine Australia. Alison engaged the entire group throughout the course and the follow up and support post the training was second to none. As an additional note, I have worked with Alison as a mentor on one of her Lean Six Sigma projects; the quality of the project work was outstanding.
I [was] introduced to the 4 management development workshops that Alison researched and created for the EMEA and international management teams for Marine International at Brunswick ranging from basic management skills to strategic thinking. Her product is well thought out, engaging while thought provoking, leverages a cost effective platform and demostrates her strong learning and development skills. Her platform skills are equally as highly effective.
I attended both MD12 & MD13 [leadership development] training organized and leaded by Alison. I found them really well managed, effective and useful. Also, I appreciated the way in which areas such as personal and professional profile have been approached: clear and not too theoretic, like it can be happen in similar projects. Thanks Alison!
Alison has great skill to train “talented” people that in lot of cases think there is nothing more to learn. She creates interesting insights and makes people think about planning the next steps. Also the training material Alison uses is original, to the point and holds your attention.
I attended a leadership course with Alison in Australia. Alison has a wonderful ability to keep a diverse group of people actively engaged. She also managed to get people talk about themselves openly in front of their peers, which is not an easy thing to do. I would attend another course with Alison any time.
I approached Alison at the very beginning of my job search. It had been sometime since my last search and I was adamant that my next move would be significant; a great situation to be in but which came with it’s own challenges.
Alison has an exceptionally efficient and logical approach, driving into areas such as identifying genuine motivators, personal goals, professional goals (which are more often than not, very closely linked) and mind-set (did I want a job right now or the right job). She is direct and uncluttered, which encouraged me to be focussed and rigorous with my decisions, enabling me to restructure my approach, making it highly efficient. Equally, it helped me to whittle down the particular type of role, industry and culture that would be an effective fit for me and my skill-set.
Regarding the CV and interviewing, we went right back to basics; for example, I ensured I highlighted my achievements and aims whilst leaving enough to talk about in the interview. Our discussions over interview techniques were equally invaluable, taking the whole process down to its constituent parts and providing various, new approaches.
Alison helped me to break my search and goals right down and then re-structure my approach. Alison’s continued coaching, post-securing a new role, will prove to be invaluable.
Regardless of position in ones career – age, seniority, continuation of career, considering a complete change, etc. – I would strongly recommend engaging Alison.
Alison provided me with excellent guidance/mentorship during a period where I was considering what my next career role would deliver both to myself personally and on a professional level. Alison taught me to focus on specific areas of previous achievement in order to understand the motivational factors these achievements delivered. During these discussions we also focused on identifying potential deliverables from any of the future roles and if delivering on these roles would bring further benefit to my future career path. Alison brought perspective, capability and personal ambition together throughout these discussions in order to provide a realistic path which could be pursued.
Alison was selected to lead the EMEA Human Resources Operation for Brunswick Marine in Belgium. A better choice could not have been made. Alison is a wonderful team leader and strategist. She took a thoughtful, pragmatic approach to managing the HR Function for our EU operations.
Alison did an oustanding jobs at creating and implementing training programs at Mercury Marine. She catered the content to be very relevant and the training process to be very efficient to our day to day work. Her training helped all of my team. In addition, her professional style and unique character made our training programs something special.