Alison Chappell

Event: Visionary Leadership in Challenging Times
Guest speaker: Alison Chappell, Former Deputy Chief Executive for NUS
Talk Title: Alison Chappell in conversation
Venue: Leicester Castle, Civil Court De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Date: This talk has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Talk Details:

Alison graduated from University of Nottingham in 1988, with a degree in History and spent the following three years as a sabbatical officer initially for the University Student’s Union and then for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire NUS. She then spent the next 9 years working in the student movement, initially doing training and development work, management consultancy and latterly was the Chief Executive of Kingston University Students’ Union – responsible for 20 permanent staff, 100 student staff and a turnover of £3 million. She then relocated to the Midlands taking a part-time job as the Chief Executive of Warwickshire Rural Community Council (a small charity developing and advocating for rural communities) and also ran a successful part-time consultancy business.

In 2007, she began working as the Midlands Regional Manager for The Electoral Commission setting up the Commission’s presence in the East and West Midlands before returning to the charity sector as the Director of Operations for a drug and alcohol charity operating in Yorkshire & the Midlands, successfully winning a number of tenders expanding the operation from £5 million to £7 million turnover.

Alison returned to the student movement in 2013, working for NUS on a part-time basis as the Deputy Chief Executive (Student Voice and Influence). Alison has developed strong leadership and management skills over her working life, encountering a number of challenging situations and is passionate about equality, developing talent and enabling a good work/life balance culture. Recently, following significant family illness, Alison has stopped working for NUS so she can set up her own complementary therapy business, as she has qualified in the last four years in Nutritional Therapy, Reflexology and Massage Therapy.

If you would like to attend this event and/or have any questions that you would like to ask Alison, please email

For more information on further Visionary Leadership in Challenging Times events, please visit our events page.