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 the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission. He is also Chairman of National Express, and serves on the Boards 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, when he became Chief Executive of Railtrack (later Network Rail) until 2007.
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 served as the President of the European Economic Association in 2010, as President of the International Economic Association from 2014-17, and as President of the Econometric Society in 2018.
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.
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.
Professor Jim Hall FREng
This is a biography for Professor Jim Hall FREng
Jim Hall is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and is Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University’s Environmental Change Institute, he held academic positions in Newcastle University and the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and is Expert Advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission. He is also Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and was a member of the UK independent Committee on Climate Change Adaptation from 2009 to 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Kate Willard OBE
This is a biography for Kate Willard OBE
Kate Willard is Chair of the Thames Estuary Growth Board and the Government appointed Thames Estuary Envoy. She has lived and worked in Hungary, France and Belgium, established the first UK-Hungarian cultural partnership trust, and was CEO of the UK’s first rural regeneration company. Kate is on Arts Council England’s National Council, and chairs both Arts Council Area Council North and the Board of Teesside International Airport. She is a Churchill Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Nick Winser CBE
This is a biography for Nick Winser CBE
Nicholas Winser brings extensive experience in energy systems, markets and regulation with a 30-year career in the energy sector which included as Chief Executive Officer of National Grid across UK and Europe, President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and CIGRE UK Chair. Nick has been the chairman of Energy Systems Catapult since 2015; he was appointed chairman of the Advisory Board for the Energy Revolution ISCF programme in 2018, and served on the Advisory Panel for the Cost of Energy Review in 2017. He is also a member of the Net Zero Expert Group which advises the Secretary of State. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, serving as its President in 2017/18.
Our Chair, Sir John Armitt, is currently joined by nine 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.
Three new experts appointed to the Commission
The Treasury has today announced that Jim Hall, Kate Willard OBE and Nick Winser CBE have been appointed as new Commissioners to sit on the National Infrastructure Commission. Each has been appointed by the Chancellor for a five-year term and will begin work with the Commission on 1 May. Nick will replace Professor David Fisk CB,...
Commission to open new office in Leeds
The National Infrastructure Commission has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement today (20 December 2021) that the Commission will open a new office in Leeds by the end of 2023. The new office in Yorkshire will form the base for around 40 per cent of the Commission’s secretariat in the future, with others continuing to work from...
Frank debate on costs and expectations needed to prepare infrastructure for climate change
A public debate needs to be held on the right level of investment that today’s consumers and taxpayers can be expected to pay to prepare key national infrastructure for climate risks of the future, the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission has told a Parliamentary committee. Sir John Armitt told MPs and Peers that on...