Alyson Bailey qualified as an Interior Designer, but her career was punctuated by many years of being a stay-at-home mum and carer. Alyson returned to full-time education graduating from UCD in 2008 with a double first in English & Philosophy, and in 2009 with a MA (first) in Anglo-Irish Literature & Drama. As a mother, daughter, patient and carer, she has extensive experience of a wide range of hospital and community services. She has participated on the Health Research Board Public Review Panel since its inception, and has provided input to the review of research grant applications from a pubic representative perspective. Alyson has attended both HRB Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) workshops and in 2018 acted as a peer mentor sharing her experience with future public reviewers. In 2019 she was a guest speaker at the DCU PPI Ignite seminar where she spoke on the topic of PPI in grant applications.