Alex Birks


Alex Birks

Alex Birks joined ATHE as Chief Executive in November 2017 and works from ATHE’s head office in Norwich in the UK, an operational hub co-ordinating a network of associates and supporting 200 centres in over 45 countries.  

Alex’s earlier career provided a broad base of commercial experience managing multi-£m Government and private sector accounts for The Stationery Office Group.

Following completion of an MBA at Henley Business School, majoring on the key factors for successful business transformation at The British Library, Alex worked as a management consultant producing strategic plans for the National Construction College and parent organisation CITB.  This led to Alex’s appointment to head strategy for the £300m national training body.

Further leadership roles at CITB followed involving new ventures and technology development, culminating in delivery of a pan-industry skills strategy for construction.  Alex also headed CITB’s Standards & Qualifications department, engaging with governments, regulators and awarding bodies nationally.

Alex’s 18 years senior management experience in vocational education working in a regulatory environment has translated well into his role as ATHE’s Chief Executive and Responsible Officer accountable to Ofqual.