Alex Burns

President

Alex joined Millbrook in 2014 and was President across all of Millbrook's sites across the world until September 2020.

Aerial of Millbrook Proving Ground test track in the UK
Portrait of Alex Burns, President of Millbrook
Battery performance test facility opening at Millbrook Proving Ground

Alex joined Westland Helicopters in 1982 as a sponsored undergraduate and obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1987. He worked in Quality Assurance at Westland for two years and then joined Meggitt plc in 1989, where he held a number of positions, including Engineering Director of Meggitt Aerospace.

He was awarded an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management in 2000 and then became Managing Director of Meggitt Electronic Components, working in the automotive and medical industries.

Alex Joined the Williams F1 Team in 2002 as General Manager with responsibility for the test facilities, car production and operation and all support services. He was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer and, in 2010, to Chief Executive Officer of Williams Grand Prix Holdings plc. He established Williams Advanced Engineering to apply F1 technology to hybrid and electric vehicles outside the sport. 

In February 2014, Alex took up the post of President of Millbrook, shortly after General Motors sold the business. He has led the transformation of Millbrook into an independent automotive test services provider working with customers around the world.