Fundraising page in memory of Alison Morrison

Fundraising page in memory of Alison Morrison

More than £1,000 has been raised for Booktrust in memory of the late Alison Morrison.

Morrison, who worked at Penguin, Egmont and Walker during her career in publishing, and who co-founded the Diversity in Publishing Network (Dipnet) in 2005, was stabbed on her way to work in Harrow in December 2014.

A fundraising page has been set up in Morrison’s memory, with donations going to Booktrust. Morrison served as chair of the Booktrust board of trustees from 2005 to 2007. So far there have been donations of £1,290.

Morrison was vice chair of the Safer Neighbourhood board in Harrow, and her funeral at the end of January included a police guard of honour. Writing on his blog, Harrow Police Borough Commander Simon Ovens, who spoke at the funeral, said: “I was honoured to have worked with such a dedicated and influential person, whose fight to keep our borough safe was remarkable. She rightly deserved the police guard of honour as she arrived at the church. I was privileged to have spoken about her to the congregation and my deep felt sympathies go out to all her family and friends.”

In a tribute to Morrison in The Bookseller, Elise Dillsworth, who co-founded Dipnet, said: “Alison always strove to make a difference in whatever she did, and through Dipnet and the various initiatives and support networks it established, the issue of diversity was challenged and changes were made that have had a lasting impact on the industry. I am proud to share the legacy of Dipnet with Alison, and prouder still to have been her friend.

"Alison was generous, loyal and caring. Personally and professionally, she was always there to listen and give advice with a ready smile—and lunch. She was an inspiring spirit and in her company you felt that nothing was impossible."

Morrison worked in book publishing until a move to Which? in 2007, where she worked as head of customer experience.

She left a husband and teenage son. 

The IPG's diversity award has been renamed the Alison Morrison Diversity Award in her honour.