A Member of the House of Lords since October 2013, Baroness Suttie is currently the Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland Spokesperson in the House of Lords and is also a Party Whip. She served on the EU Select Committee in the House of Lords from 2015-19. She currently is a member of the Constitution Committee.
Alison was Head of the Liberal Democrat Leader’s office from 2006 to 2010 and was Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minster for the first 18 months of the Coalition Government from 2010 to 2011.
In addition to being a working peer, Alison also works as an independent consultant in developing parliaments around the world. She has worked in Jordan, Iraq, Sudan Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia.
She has been a Trustee on the Board of the progressive think tank, IPPR (the Institute for Public Policy Research) since 2014.
Having studied Russian and French at Heriot-Watt university in Edinburgh as well in Voronezh State University in Russia, she continues to enjoy speaking both languages. She is also learning Arabic having done an intensive Arabic course in Morocco in 2019.