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NIC appoints leadership team

Lord Adonis

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has appointed Lord Adonis as its permanent chair, Sir John Armitt as deputy chair, and four new commissioners.

Adonis had been interim chair of the commission working with non-executive commissioner Armitt since its conception in October 2015.

Adonis and ICE past president Armitt have strong track records dealing with major infrastructure projects. Adonis is a former transport secretary and Armitt is the former chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Four new commissioners – Dame Barker, David Fisk, Andy Green and Julia Prescot – will also join the commission.

The new commissioners

Dame Barker: From 2001 to 2010 Barker was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and will offer her expertise as a business economist to the commission

David Fisk: Fisk is an emeritus professor of systems engineering and innovation at the Centre for Systems Engineering and Infrastructure at Imperial College London. He is also a member of the Gas & Electricity Markets Authority

Andy Green: Green currently chairs global online trading firm IG Group, and the Digital Catapult, an initiative to help grow the UK digital economy

Julia Prescot: Prescot is chief strategy officer at Meridiam, a global investor and asset manager specialising in public infrastructure

The NIC is currently a writing its National Infrastructure Assessment, which will become the cornerstone of the next government’s infrastructure policy.

Adonis said he was delighted to be formally appointed as chair and looked forward to building on the work he has been carrying out.

“Our infrastructure networks are central to the UK’s economy and society, but too often their planning has been piecemeal and short-term,” he said. “The NIC provides the opportunity to transform this and deliver the infrastructure that the UK needs to ensure its prosperity over the coming decades.”

Responding to the news, ICE director general Nick Baveystock said Adonis and Armitt “bring the right mix of political insight and industry experience to a body that has a very considerable national responsibility.”

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association also welcomed the decision, saying the body was now poised to deliver on an ambitious infrastructure agenda”.

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