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Chief Executive Officer
Alison grew up in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch, seriously. It is the longest place name in the UK and from its distinct lack of vowels is obviously in Wales. Here she gazed out over the Snowdonia mountains while in the classroom which fomented her love of wild places and the outdoors. Alison holds an extraordinary portfolio of qualifications, studying being a hobby she fits in around running extraordinary distances. Among these is a MSc in Urban Policy and Regeneration, a Post Graduate Certificate in Urban Design, several Leadership qualifications and in 2021 a Certifcate in Procurement and Supply. She holds the sector CiLCA qualification and has led GAPTC as CEO since 2015. She is responsible for ensuring the strategic objectives of the organisation are delivered and representing the organisation at regional and national level. Alison has a strong sense of civic responsibility and is the Chairperson with Unison (Local Government Branch – Gloucestershire). She cut her teeth in the North East of England working for Economic Development in a Local Authority managing a range of programmes funded through various funding streams. Prior to this, she worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). Her short-term goal is to complete the Ring 'o Fire, a 135-mile race around the Isle of Anglesey.
Dawn Laird grew up in Lancashire but has lived in the Cotswolds so long that she now considers this home. She has a long-standing association with this sector in that she has served as a parish councillor, acting as clerk on several occassions. When a contentious planning application was submitted Dawn was approached to join the council; finding herself with a little more time on her hands she accepted and found she really enjoyed it, getting to know many people in the village while serving her community. She learnt, as all councillors do, to keep her head while having challenging conversations and understands the benefit of effective communication within local councils. Dawn is CiLCA qualified, passing some modules with commendation. With a grown-up family, Dawn now spends her free time in the garden and practicing yoga, a discipline that filters to other aspects of her life too.
Sue Creswick has been involved with parish and town councils since 1999, first as a town clerk and now as a councillor, in a different authority. She works part time at GAPTC providing advice and guidance to members and training clerks. She grew up in south London and worked in central London in the freight transport business before moving to Canada where she gained experience in the mining and brewing industries. A post-graduate marketing diploma followed her return to the UK. She has two horses which occupy quite a lot of her spare time and two cats. Her commercial background – getting things done – along with her ten years as a clerk and now as a councillor, with particular interests in planning and finance, give her useful experience to draw on when providing advice to our members. Sue is also involved in a trust which looks after some historic buildings.
Strategic Support Officer
Kerrin Cocks was raised in the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa, her father was the director and their house was on the premises. After that wild start she spent her secondary school years in boarding school and studied communications at the University of Johannesburg. Keen on journalism she started her career writing for community newspapers but was soon swept into the world of book publishing at a marketer. As a co-founder of 30° South Publishers she grew the business into the largest independent book publishing house in Africa, representing large international lists. In 2015 she moved with her young family to the UK to experience a different way of life, one where her children can be independent and safe and she can run through the woods in the pitch dark. Over the past ten years she has turned some of her attention to editorial work: writing, commissioning and advising clients on digital content. She believes her wealth of experience will stand her in good stead at GAPTC and hopes to become an integral part of the team. Kerrin is a keen ultra runner and coaches junior athletics at her running club; she can usually be found outdoors.