Alexander graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a B.Comm with honours in marketing and is the first of the eleventh generation of C. Hoare & Co. Partners. Prior to joining the bank he worked as a Marketing Consultant for PA Consulting Group until joining the bank in 1987. He was Chief Executive of the bank from 2001 until 2009.
He is a Patron of Royal Trinity Hospice, and was formerly a President of the Groupement Européen de Banques and a member of the Westminster Abbey Finance and Advisory Council. He is now active in the field of social and impact investing.
Alexander's recreations involve many sports, notably cricket, tennis, real tennis and sailing. He also likes to travel off the beaten track.