Alexander Hewitson

Alex is a highly experienced Chartered Engineer and Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of environments successfully delivering business critical projects and programmes; the last 13 years of which have been specialising within the life-sciences sector.

In 2015 Alex joined AstraZeneca and has held a number of senior roles within the business including that of Programme Executive, providing the business lead role on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Leadership Team with respect to the organisations transition to Cambridge. More recently Alex has held the position of Head of Operations BioPharmaceuticals R&D, both ensuring business operations are maintained during the transitional move to Cambridge as well as establishing the future operational strategy.    

Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Alex led the delivery of the UKs National Capability Asset, in the form of the high containment laboratories at The Pirbright Institute in Surrey. Initially this was as Project Director for the delivery of the National Virology Centre and then as Programme Director for the broader Development Programme on behalf of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). In addition, Alex was responsible for the delivery of BBSRCs strategic priorities in the development of the UK Research and Innovation Campuses, through the delivery of key specialist national assets across the Estate Portfolio.

As well as senior roles in consultancy and in both the Public and Private sectors, Alex also spent time with the Ministry of Defence providing specialist advice as a subject matter expert on the delivery of projects and programmes across the Global Crown Estate. Alex is passionate about developing best practice and in achieving delivery excellence and acts as both a coach and mentor across his professional network.