Alison Suttie is a Liberal Democrat Member of the House of Lords. She is a Party Whip and a member of the Foreign Affairs team.
Alison graduated from Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University in 1990 with a degree in French and Russian. She also spent time studying at the University of Voronezh in Russia in 1988. After graduating she worked in St Petersburg, Russia as an English teacher from 1990 to 1991. Since then, her career in politics has taken her through the corridors of Whitehall, Brussels and beyond, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Nick Clegg MP.
In 2006 Alison was appointed Head of the Liberal Democrat Leader’s Office where she worked for Sir Menzies Campbell, Vince Cable (during his period as Acting Leader) and Nick Clegg. As the party’s Campaign Manager, she was instrumental in planning and executing the Liberal Democrat 2010 General Election Campaign. Immediately after the election, she was responsible for coordinating the Liberal Democrat negotiating team in the coalition talks with both the Conservative and Labour parties which led to the establishment of the Coalition Government. She was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister from May 2010 to October 2011.
As well as working at Westminster, Alison also has ten years of experience at the European Parliament where she gained an in-depth knowledge of Brussels politics and the EU institutions. She was Press Secretary to the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox MEP, from 2002 to 2004 and worked extensively in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe in the run-up to their accession to the European Union.
In addition to being a working peer, Alison is now putting her knowledge into use as an independent consultant. She has worked in Tunisia and Moldova and regularly co-facilitates training courses for UK fast stream civil servants with Westminster Explained and runs a variety of training courses on effective campaigning and influencing for UK civil servants, NGOs and charities.