Cr Glachan moved to Albury from Gilgandra as a six-year-old. Her father's career as an engineer in the Merchant Navy encouraged her to follow a similar path.
She joined the Navy Cadets in Year 12 and was the inaugural cadet unit leader. She completed an Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology and Geography as well as two Education qualifications before working as an Instructor Officer with the Royal Australian Navy.
It was here she met her husband Nicholas, an RN Officer. They lived in England for eight years, where Alice worked as an Academic Registrar and their two sons Fergus and Oscar were born. They returned to Albury in 2001 and Alice worked as an Administrative Officer at La Trobe University before opening the Beacon Lighting franchise in Albury in 2007.
Cr Glachan was elected to Council in 2004 and served as Deputy Mayor for one term and then four consecutive terms as Mayor. Having been a Rotary Exchange Student she is now actively involved in Rotary and comes from a political family, as the daughter of former State Member for Albury Ian Glachan. Cr Glachan is a recipient of a 'Paul Harris Fellow', awarded by the Rotary Foundation.