NIA2 expert advisory panels

Three expert panels are helping inform and challenge the Commission's second National Infrastructure Assessment.

Expert advice

Three specialist groups to help test our emerging conclusions.

The Commission has established three expert advisory panels to support the Commission in the run up to the second National Infrastructure Assessment – one on levelling up, one on net zero, and one on climate resilience.

These will meet regularly until the second National Infrastructure Assessment is published in 2023.

Each of the three panels:

  • offers expert advice and supports analysis;
  • contributes new ideas and insights to support recommendations;
  • challenges the Commission’s thinking and offers alternative perspectives.

The membership of each panel can be found below.

Levelling up

  • Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge
  • John Cridland, Chair, Transport for the North
  • Sarah Longlands, Current Director of IPPR North, Next CEO of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies
  • Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics, University of Sheffield
  • Henry Overman, Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics
  • Chris Richards, Director of Policy, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Jessica Rushworth, Chief Strategy and Policy Officer, Digital Catapult
  • Elliot Shaw, Executive Director – Strategy and Planning, Highways England
  • Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for the West Midlands
  • Tony Venables, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford
  • Cecilia Wong, Professor of Spatial Planning, University of Manchester
  • Ann Zhang, Chair, NIC Young Professionals Panel

Net zero

  • Nigel Brandon, Chair of the Sustainable Gas Institute, Imperial College London
  • Roz Bulleid, Deputy Policy Director, Green Alliance
  • Sam Fankhauser, Professor of Climate Change Economics and Policy, University of Oxford
  • Rob Gross, Professor of Energy Policy and Technology at Imperial College London, Director of the UK Energy Research Centre
  • Neil Kenward, Director for Strategy and Decarbonisation, Ofgem
  • Cissie Liu, Member, NIC Young Professionals Panel
  • Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI
  • Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive, Energy UK
  • Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow, Institute for Government
  • Mike Thompson, Director of Analysis, Climate Change Committee
  • Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy, University of Strathclyde

Climate resilience

  • David Balmforth, Independent consultant and past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • David Black, Interim Chief Executive, Ofwat
  • Caroline Bryce, Member, NIC Young Professionals Panel
  • Sharon Darcy, Director, Sustainability First
  • Richard Dawson, Adaptation Committee member of the Climate Change Committee, Professor of Earth Systems Engineering at Newcastle University
  • Suraje Dessai, Professor of Climate Change Adaptation, University of Leeds
  • Caroline Douglass, Executive Director – Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency
  • Alistair Ford, Lecturer in Geospatial Data Analytics and Policy Academy Fellow, Newcastle University
  • Hannah Freeman, Conservation Policy Officer, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
  • Jim Hall, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risk, University of Oxford
  • Juliet Mian, Deputy Executive Director, Resilience Shift
  • Jean Spencer, Independent Chair, National Water Resources Framework Senior Steering Group
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