Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Alex Cooper is a former military officer and consultant with a background in project and programme management, resilience and veterans’ affairs.
Alex served for 23 years in the regular Army in a variety of leadership and management roles, including operational service in the Balkans, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. During Alex's regular service he earned a MA in Defence Studies, with his dissertation exploring the validity of the Military (now Armed Forces) Covenant.
On leaving the Army, Alex worked for the Prime Minister's Special Representative for Veterans' Transition, Lord Ashcroft, as the lead researcher and co-writer of the Veterans’ Transition Review. This Government-sponsored report focused on the provision of transition and post-service support for military personnel and families.
Alex has worked as a consultant, providing subject-matter expertise to a variety of clients in the resettlement/transition and emergency planning, security and resilience sectors. He has also managed a significant resilience contract in the UK nuclear industry. He is an occasional writer/commentator on transition related matters in the media.
Alex is also a volunteer with the 'We Were There' programme, educating school pupils and families about the realities of conflict.
The use of accessible technology, particularly social media, to ease the learning and knowledge transfer burden for military personnel conducting personal development in service and during/after transition.
MA in Defence Studies, Cranfield University
Development and management of FiMT Research Centre Conference 2018 & 2020 (currently delayed due to coronavirus)
Interviews and discussions with a variety of media/war correspondents.