Alexander Burrows, FCILT FIET

Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education
Managing Director, Rail Alliance School of Engineering, University of Birmingham
United Kingdom

Alex is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), part of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham – the largest specialist railway research, education and innovation centre in Europe.  He leads the BCRRE Enterprise Group with responsibility for commercial and professional services activities, collaborative innovation projects and building partnerships with the global rail industry.

Alex is also the Thematic Lead for ‘Introducing Innovation’ in the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) – a ground-breaking partnership between academia and the rail industry) –  as well as the Managing Director of the Rail Alliance, the UK’s rail cluster with a SME Community of more than 800 member organisation and an active member of the European Rail Clusters Initiative.

Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2018, Alex was Marketing & Strategy Director at Alstom UK&I and has also held senior roles at Atkins and Centro (the West Midlands Transport Authority).  Alex is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.