Alison Melvin, BA, D.I.S.

Business Development Manager

Alison Melvin


Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5685
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH

Alison graduated in French and Business Administration from Loughborough University, where she also won the Bowater Scott prize for business. She completed a Diploma in Industrial Studies at Alcan Aluminium before joining Mobil Oil, where she worked in a number of posts in the supply, trading and marketing functions, including Market Research Manager and UK Supply Manager. Alison joined Forest Research in 2001.

Current role

Alison manages Forest Research’s Business Development team and is responsible for developing external income and partnership activities. She has particular interests in partnership development, European funding, and in supporting innovation, research impact and knowledge exchange.

Her roles and responsibilities include:

  • The generation of external income, including provision of funding intelligence and support in developing research bids.
  • Developing partnerships with external research collaborators, and businesses.

Other roles and affiliations

  • Manager of UK National Support Group for the European forest-based Technology Platform.