Alex Gardiner is an Associate Director at Metro Dynamics where she undertakes place shaping for city regions through strategy and policy development. Before joining Metro Dynamics Alex worked at New Economy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s strategy, policy and research organisation, for four years. 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, supporting work on the City Growth Commission and authoring various successful Regional Growth Fund bids. 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 spent two years working in local government frontline service delivery improvement.