Alex Gardiner

Associate Director

Alex is a local government specialist who works with city regions and local authorities to develop new strategies and ideas to grow the local economy in ways which work for everyone. In particular, she is an expert in shaping new metro narratives for growth and devolution, and navigating complex stakeholder environments to find consensus. Alex draws upon her broad knowledge of public services and economic growth to design bespoke solutions to deliver inclusive growth, and applies a wide knowledge of what works in local government to her work.

Before joining Metro Dynamics Alex worked at New Economy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s strategy, policy and research organisation. She established the strategy team, developing new ideas and initiatives from concept to point of delivery to grow the economy of Greater Manchester. This included leading production of the Devo Manc report and supporting work on the City Growth Commission. Her work covered economic and social policy areas, ranging from ageing and low pay to innovation and investment. She previously worked in strategy and policy roles, with a special interest in skills and employment. Before working at New Economy she worked in local government frontline service delivery improvement.