Alison was my Executive Assistant for two years as Chairman of SABMiller, during which time we managed a $100 billion takeover by AB InBev. I found her to be exceptionally capable; always unflustered, even when we were working under considerable stress; very good at anticipating my needs; and generally displaying the mature judgement and competence one would expect from an experienced EA. Always highly discreet and, above all, somehow managing to do everything with a smile.

Jan du Plessis, Chairman BT Group and ex-Chairman of SABMiller