“Alison really was an incredibly cheerful and optimistic person. It was always so lovely to speak to her – she loved a good chat.”
Alison started her career in drawing offices, drawing plans on paper. She went off to travel the world for a number of years before eventually returning to Aberdeen. On returning to Scotland, she set up a cartography business and did consultancy and troubleshooting work for clients around the globe. Following this, Alison started working for Oilfield Publications (OPL) and so on to Clarksons. She very much liked being a cartographer, working intensively to ensure she got the job done with the utmost accuracy. It was this dedication and professionalism that saw Alison play such a key role in the Geospatial team in CRSL.
At the same time, in between work Alison was competing on horses, in particular eventing (jumping). Horses were her passion and she had a very special connection with them, which is perhaps what enabled her to become such an accomplished dressage rider. Alison also loved skiing and spent 10 years of her life working for ski companies.
"What really shone through with Alison was her terrific sense of humour. She loved a cup of boiled water as if it was tea or coffee – a quirk that would make us laugh daily."
"She would make us all laugh with how early she would put up her Christmas tree each year because she wanted to get her money’s worth – she considered herself a true Scot!"
"We knew that we could always turn to her for anything and, even when she was going through some of the most awful times a person could face, she was always still so selfless and caring."
"She had a genuinely kind heart and was truly fearless, never scared of anything and always up for a challenge!"
"Alison, you were taken from us too soon and you are sorely missed."
“To be her friend was to be one of the lucky ones.”
Soo Phillips (Ledbury)
"You were such a shining light, always so quick witted and the lovely nicknames you would conjure up were hilarious! Miss seeing your number come up on the phone and dashing to answer; as always knew it would be entertaining. Thank You for being such a wonderful soul."
"I have fond memories of our uplifting chats and how much we used to laugh! Thank you for being so hospitable every time I visited you in Aberdeen. You are dearly missed."