Alexandra was Chief Executive of Centre for Cities from August 2010 until April 2017.
She is an influential voice in the cities debate, providing advice for senior policymakers in national and local government on a regular basis.
Alexandra has worked on strategic projects with organisations ranging from Leeds City Region and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to the business-led West End Partnership. She is currently chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor Consortium and chair of the Fast Growth Cities group. She also chairs the West End Partnership Prosperity Group and is a member of the HEFCE Catalyst Fund panel. She is a Commissioner on the second London Finance Commission, chaired by Prof Tony Travers, and on the Cardiff Capital Region Growth Commission, chaired by Prof Greg Clark. Previously she has been a member of the City Finance Commission chaired by Sir Stuart Lipton and the first London Finance Commission, as well as being a senior adviser to the City Growth Commission, chaired by (now Lord) Jim O’Neill.
An experienced presenter and commentator for broadcast and print media, Alexandra writes on a wide range of issues affecting cities around the world and has regular columns in the MJ, LGC and Estates Gazette. Previous jobs have included leading the ‘Ideopolis’ Knowledge Cities team at the Work Foundation and working for the Permanent Secretary in the Department for Education and Skills.