Alex Hickson

Head of Technology: Structures, Manufacturing and Materials


Alex is responsible for the ATI’s work on aerostructures of the future, one of the key themes identified in the Institute’s Technology Strategy. Innovative manufacturing methods and technologies, as well as new materials such as composites, are critical to ensuring the UK is a global leader in the development of large complex structures, particularly wings.

Alex joined the ATI in 2019, bringing experience from across various industries including aerospace, automotive, motorsport, wind energy and space. He has also worked across a breadth of companies, from start-ups and SMEs to blue chip companies including Lockheed Martin and GKN Aerospace. In his previous role as Technology Manager at GKN Aerospace in Filton, he defined the technology requirements and strategy for the site, secured the funding, recruited the team and developed new technologies through to production. This was an exciting time in his career – being able to create new capabilities in the UK, build a team, and work with the High Value Manufacturing Catapults to mature and de-risk technology for the business.

Outside work, Alex’s passion for engineering and technology has seen him spend two decades involved in the IMechE’s international engineering competition, Formula Student. Originally a competitor, Alex progressed to a sponsor, design judge and has spent six years as Deputy Head Design Judge.