Alex is an Engagement Officer at NIHR Innovation Observatory and is working on the implementation of the NIHRIO Voice digital platform. After achieving a BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology, he went on to work in hospitality and event management before joining the Faculty of Medical Sciences Engagement Team at Newcastle University. With experience of coordinating a number of networks, in 2016 Alex was involved in the development of the Voice digital platform, a mechanism to facilitate the involvement of the public in research & innovation on an international scale. As Engagement Support Coordinator, Alex was responsible for delivering the faculty engagement strategy and event programme. This involved working with various stakeholders to ensure meaningful patient and public involvement and engagement was embedded throughout the research cycle.