The Commissioners provide expert, impartial advice to the government on infrastructure, shape and develop the national infrastructure assessment and specific studies, and engage with government and other stakeholders to promote the NIC and gather views on future infrastructure needs and solutions.
Sir John Armitt CBE
This is a biography for Sir John Armitt CBE
Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, National Express Group, and City & Guilds Group. He is also on the Board of the Berkeley Group and Expo 2020.
In September 2013, Sir John published an independent review on long-term infrastructure planning in the UK. The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and resulted in the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission in 2015.
After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001.
Andy Green CBE
This is a biography for Andy Green CBE
Andy Green holds a number of Chairman, Non-Executive Director and advisory roles, linked by his passion for how technology transforms business and our daily lives.
He chairs IG Group plc, a global leader in online trading and the Digital Catapult, an initiative to help grow the UK Digital Economy. Andy also chairs the board of software company Gentrack Group Ltd. He is a Senior Independent Director at Avanti plc, a global broadband satellite operator, and a non-executive director of Link Administration Holdings. He also advises npGroup, Tagos, DockOn, the Eight Great Technologies Fund and Omnio. He became a National Infrastructure Commissioner in April 2017.
He is President of UK Space, co-chair of the UK Space Leadership Council a member of the CBI President’s Committee, a trustee and Vice Chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee, a trustee of WWF UK, and is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Bridget Rosewell CBE
This is a biography for Bridget Rosewell CBE
Bridget Rosewell is an experienced director, policy maker and economist, with a track record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She has worked extensively on cities, infrastructure and finance, advising on projects in road and rail and on major property developments and regeneration.
Bridget has been a member of Commissions looking at the future of public services, city finance, the North East economy, the City Growth Commission and the London Infrastructure Commission. She has also served as Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority (2002 to 2012) and her book, ‘Reinventing London’, was published in 2014.
Bridget lives in the East Midlands and is Chair of Atom Bank, based in Durham. She is also founder and Senior Advisor of Volterra Partners and Chair of the M6 Toll Road. She was appointed CBE in December 2018 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Professor David Fisk CB
This is a biography for Professor David Fisk CB
David Fisk is Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering Innovation at the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. He was a non-executive member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) from July 2007 until May 2017.
David was Chief Scientist and policy director across several government departments including Environment and Transport, and was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. His responsibilities included the UK’s climate change policy, the country’s first national air quality strategy, and the disposal of radioactive and other wastes. He was awarded a CB for services to the Department of the Environment in 1996.
This is a biography for Julia Prescot
Julia Prescot is co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam and sits on the Executive Committee of Meridiam SAS. In addition, she is a non-executive director at Infraco Asia and Infraco Africa Investments, a non-executive director of the IPFA, and a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy. She was previously a non-executive Director at Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
She is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London. Julia has also sat on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure and contributes to the Brookings Institute Initiative on Urban Accessiblity, and is currently involved with the OECD Blended Finance Initiative. She was also the co-founder of the Women Leaders in Infrastructure Group.
Neale Coleman CBE
This is a biography for Neale Coleman CBE
Neale Coleman worked at the Greater London Authority from 2000 – 2015, leading the Mayor’s work on London’s Olympic bid, the delivery of the Games and their regeneration legacy, and was a Board Member of the Olympic Delivery Authority throughout its life. Neale co-chaired the Olympic Delivery Group, which had responsibility for leading preparations for the Games prior to the creation of the ODA, ensuring the right infrastructure was in place to support the largest sporting event in the world.
In addition to the Olympics, Neale led the first Mayor’s approach to housing, regeneration, health and devolution and steered multi agency groups on some of London’s biggest regeneration areas. Neale has also served as Policy Director for the Labour Party.
Professor Sadie Morgan OBE
This is a biography for Professor Sadie Morgan OBE
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of leading architectural practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. The studio is recognised for creating innovative, high quality and socially useful architecture. dRMM’s recent high-profile projects include Hastings Pier, Trafalgar Place at Elephant & Castle, Maggie’s Oldham and Faraday House at the Battersea Power Station.
As well as being a Commissioner, Sadie chairs the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two. Sadie was appointed a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority and non-executive director of the Major Project Association in 2017. In 2019 she was appointed to the board of Homes England.
Professor Sir Tim Besley CBE
This is a biography for Professor Sir Tim Besley CBE
Timothy Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). From September 2006 to August 2009, he served as an external member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee and since 2015 has been a member of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. He is also the Gluskin-Granovsky Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
He earned his D.Phil from Oxford where he was a prize fellow of All Souls College. He then taught at Princeton before being appointed Professor in the economics department at the LSE in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the British Academy, and the European Economic Association. He is also a foreign honorary member of the American Economic Association and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the current President of the International Economic Association, current President of the Econometric Society and served as the President of the European Economic Association in 2010.
Our Chair, Sir John Armitt, is currently joined by seven other Commissioners.
Commissioners are appointed by the Chancellor for terms of up to five years, serving for a maximum of ten years. The Chancellor consults the Chair when making appointments, and has regard to the need to ensure the Commission has the right mix of skills and expertise to discharge its functions effectively.
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below. Before I begin let me thank our...
Armitt: A clear infrastructure policy is more vital than ever
In a comment piece published in the Sunday Telegraph on 4 October 2020, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, reflects on the importance of a National Infrastructure Strategy for setting out the role of infrastructure in economic recovery, meeting the net zero target and ‘levelling up’. An edited version of the article...
Armitt welcomes appointment of Neale Coleman as Commissioner
The Chancellor has today announced the appointment of Neale Coleman CBE as a Commissioner, alongside the reappointment of Tim Besley, Sadie Morgan and Bridget Rosewell for a further five year term. Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor: “I am very pleased to welcome Neale to...