Mary Allison (PhD student)

Thesis title: Realist Synthesis and Evaluation of Step Count Challenge


Professional with 30yrs experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of large scale, complex social change programmes in sport and in public health.

Senior manager with Board level experience leading organisation change: public and third sector mergers, re-structuring and re-locations.

Currently taking a 3yr ‘career break’ to complete an ESRC funded PhD related to workplace health and wellbeing.


MSc Sport and Physical Education, University of Edinburgh, 1998-2000

BA (Hons 2:1) Recreation Management, University of Edinburgh, 1983-1987

Responsibilities & affiliations

Employment History

Director, Breast Cancer Now, London & Edinburgh, 2015-2017

Director of Strategic Planning, sportscotland, Glasgow, 2010-2015

Director of National Delivery, NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, 2005-2010

Policy Advisor, Scottish Government Health Department, Edinburgh, 2002-2005

Senior Research Rellow, Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research, Edinburgh, 1992-2000

Senior Research Manager, The Sports Council GB, London, 1989-1991

Researcher, Centre for Leisure and Tourism Research, Edinburgh, 1987-1989

Professional service (voluntary)

Lay Member, Court of the University of Stirling, 2019 to date

Chair, Board of Trustees, Stirling Student Union, 2018 to date (and Board member from 2015)

Board Member, Scottish Cancer Innovation Strategic Management Board, 2017 to date

Board Director (non-exec), Community Enterprise in Scotland Group 2011-2017

Panel Member, Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2011-2014

Panel member, Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 2005-2008

Former Director (non-exec) of a wide range of charities (Paths for All, Scottish Youth Dance, Greenspace Scotland, Scottish Hockey).

In the press

Paths for All Podcast Series:  Voices of The Walk

Blog:  Calm Your Mind and Boost Your Focus with a Walk

Blog:  Team Work - Friendly Fun or Fearsome Fighters

Blog:  Walking to Wellness at Work