Dr Alan Partridge

STFC Executive Director, National Laboratories: Large Scale Facilities

Dr Alan Partridge is Executive Director, National Laboratories: Large Scale Facilities at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Head of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

He has responsibility for the leadership and development of STFC’s Large Scale Facilities, including the ISIS Neutron and Muon facility, the Central Laser Facility and RAL Space, as well as having accountability for the strategic development of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site and STFC’s wider strategy.

Prior to joining STFC in 2020 Alan was the Engineering and Technology Executive of Rolls-Royce’s recently merged Rotatives and Transmissions businesses, which have a combined turnover in excess of $1 billion, and he was also responsible for two related joint ventures in France and Germany. Formerly, he was the Global Head of Materials with responsibility for leading the Rolls-Royce advanced materials development programme across five global sites (UK, US, Germany, India and Singapore), and the delivery of in-service support across the Aerospace, Defence and Nuclear businesses. Alan also held several Non-Executive Director roles including directorships at the Performance Review Institute (Pittsburgh) and Turbine Surface Technologies Ltd (UK).

Alan’s earlier experience was as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Metals Technology Centre. He also held senior technical posts within Firth Rixson Forgings and the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. Alan graduated in Physics from the University of Liverpool, before completing a PhD in Materials Science at the same institution. He spent a number of years in academia in both Liverpool and Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, prior to entering industry.

Last updated: 5 September 2023

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