Profile



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Dr Alan James is an exceptional business leader with broad strategic expertise in establishing and leading major projects, gained in both corporate and consulting roles. His experience includes:

Defining projects ranging from local initiatives to multi-billion dollar infrastructure.
Refining business, funding and policy proposals.
Developing promotion, marketing and brand strategies.
Communicating policy, political and commercial cases at the highest levels of Government and business, with vision, precision and authority.

Alan has experience of presenting and negotiating in person with Heads of Government and Board leaders of multinational businesses. His full track record is available to download here. His recent major roles include the assignments listed below.


Virgin Hyperloop One


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Vice President Worldwide Business Development. Established worldwide sales activity for the 1,080 km/h transport system originally proposed by Elon Musk in 2013 and demonstrated as a full-scale, fully functional prototype, by Virgin Hyperloop One in 2017.


UK Ultraspeed


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Chief Executive. Funded by Transrapid maglev technology owners, Siemens and ThyssenKrupp. Initiated and led project development for the 311mph maglev alternative to 200 mph conventional rail High Speed 2.



HS2 The Stoke Route


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Project Director for a city-driven project to enable the UK’s High Speed 2 railway to save £5 billion capital cost, and to allow services to start 7 years earlier than planned.

This business case was presented to Government and secured high speed rail services to Stoke-on-Trent. The city would otherwise have been bypassed, and its economy severely damaged, by the first domestic high speed railway to be built in Britain.