Ali is a Registered Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists, specialising in sport and exercise. She is also a Level 2 (ISAK) anthropometrist, and provides sports nutrition advice to athletes including Paralympians, and athletes on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS). She is the South-East regional representative for the Association for Nutrition, and a member of the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Before arriving at Solent, Ali worked in the fitness industry, and has a level 4 certificate in Obesity and Diabetes Management. She was an STA full swimming teacher and UKCC/ITU level two triathlon coach.