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Risk revolutionary

Names & Faces - took up his post as the new director of periodic review for Tube contractor Tube Lines last week.

As London Underground upgrade contractor Tube Lines heads for its first major contractual review, Andy Cleaves will be keeping a close eye on what has been achieved so far.

The contractor's new periodic review director will conduct his own internal review of the contract, in parallel with London Underground's assessment.

'The 30-year contract is reviewed every seven and a half years to check we are doing everything right, and re-cost, ' he says.

After reading metallurgy and inorganic chemistry at Cambridge, his career led him to management consultant PA Consulting, just as it was working on a series of jobs relating to London Underground.

'On my second day I was asked to join a project on the underground, to join the PPP design team. This ignited a passion for the Tube.' His job was to help design the shadow infracos, which were eventually absorbed into the privately financed Tube Lines and Metronet consortiums.

In 1999 he joined Infraco JNP as head of commercial planning.

Infraco JNP was responsible for the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines.

'We created a risk regime and asset plans. I then joined London Underground as the head of commercial planning, ' he says.

In 2001 he went on secondment to the Tube Lines management team, working on its bid to take over the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Line upgrades.

When Tube Lines transferred from London Underground, he went with it in 2003, as director of contracts and integration.

He then became director of assurance, 'to make sure what we do is safe and compliant.

'We want the process to be more risk-based, with less people, who have more responsibility. We want to be self-assured on the small jobs, to allow us to concentrate on the high-risk elements, ' he says.

Q&A

What is your favourite food? : I love cooking, but always enjoy a curry.

Next holiday: To Florida, taking the kids down to the Keys.

Favourite video: Peter Kay stand-up. He is hilarious.

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