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TfL appoints independent advisory group

Six prominent industry figures have been appointed to Transport for London’s (TfL) new independent Investment Programme Advisory Group, London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced.

The Mayor confirmed the appointment of six world class engineering, commercial and project management experts to the group:

  • David James former Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Management, will chair the group
  • Derek Fryer Board Director for Mott MacDonald and former Director of Taylor Woodrow’s Engineering Division
  • Charles Penny former Deputy Tunnel Engineering Director for the Channel Tunnel construction project
  • Nicholas Pollard Chief Executive Officer of Bovis Lend Lease in the UK
  • Nigel Quick former Director of Arup and Chair of Mouchel Management Ltd
  • Robin Whalley former Board Director at Mott MacDonald and Managing Director of the firm’s Hong Kong office

The independent Investment Programme Advisory Group will advise on and scrutinise the delivery of the TfL Investment Programme including all maintenance, renewal, upgrades and major projects across its modes, but not the operation of services.

Members of the new group were appointed by the Mayor from a shortlist agreed with the Secretary of State for Transport and will report to the TfL Board and the Mayor as Chair of the TfL Board.

Members will commit up to 15 days annually and remuneration will be based on experience but will be in line with other public sector board and panel appointments.

“Members of the group have experience in a range of disciplines including engineering, finance and project management.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said: “Members of the new independent Investment Programme Advisory Group have experience in a range of disciplines including engineering, finance and project management, and will be able to offer expert advice on all aspects of TfL’s Investment Programme, including the vital upgrade work that was formerly being carried out by Metronet.”

The independent Advisory Group will generally focus on reviews of specific major projects but will also examine the overall approach to delivery of TfL’s Investment programme.

The group will not have remit over the Tube Lines PPP contract, which is subject to review by the PPP Arbiter, or Crossrail which is also subject to separate governance and assurance arrangements.

In this role advisors will support the Mayor, the TfL Board and their relationship with the Department for Transport by providing expert advice on the development and implementation of these projects and the overall delivery of the TfL Investment Programme.

TfL is overseeing the largest investment in London’s transport infrastructure for decades in order to deliver critical upgrades to eight Tube lines, to build Crossrail, expand the DLR and London Overground networks, deliver a revolution in cycling and walking, improve London’s public spaces, smooth traffic flow and introduce a cleaner, greener New Bus for London.

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