Phil Graham

A Day in the Life of our CEO

A Day in the Life of our CEO

Our Chief Executive, Phil Graham, leaves the Commission in January 2020 after four years in the role. Phil led the establishment of the Commission and the landmark publication of the UK’s first National Infrastructure Assessment in 2018. Here, he sets out what his typical working day involves. 07.30 Three days a week my day begins...

20 Nov 2019 By
Learning lessons from the first National Infrastructure Assessment

Learning lessons from the first National Infrastructure Assessment

Publishing the first National Infrastructure Assessment was a major milestone for the National Infrastructure Commission. It was significant for us as the first of the assessments that we are required to publish every five years reviewing long term infrastructure needs. It was also the first assessment of its kind in the UK. This lack of precedent...

19 Mar 2019 By
Looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’ to hear diverse views on infrastructure

Looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’ to hear diverse views on infrastructure

“Pale, male and stale” is a phrase attached to many industries – but few more so than those in the infrastructure sector.  The challenge for leaders in the field is clearly to encourage people from more diverse backgrounds to join these professions, but also to ensure these voices are heard far more frequently.  To that...

8 Feb 2019 By
Three years on: A new chapter for the National Infrastructure Commission
York, UK - August 05, 2013: York railway station where the platforms curve under the famous glass and iron curved arched roof. Train awaits departure to London. Some passengers are waiting train for departure.

Three years on: A new chapter for the National Infrastructure Commission

Like the Queen, the National Infrastructure Commission has two birthdays. The first is 5 October, the day on which George Osborne announced at the 2015 Conservative Party Conference that he was going to follow Sir John Armitt’s advice and set the Commission up (commandeering a key plank of Labour’s economic policy in the process). But...

30 Oct 2018 By
The National Infrastructure Assessment – putting people at the heart of infrastructure policy

The National Infrastructure Assessment – putting people at the heart of infrastructure policy

Today’s National Infrastructure Assessment marks the culmination of the first phase of the National Infrastructure Commission’s work – a phase that began in October 2015, when the establishment of the Commission was announced.  At that point, its complete resources comprised Lord Adonis, me and two Treasury staff loaned to us for a few weeks to...

9 Jul 2018 By
Making good decisions on infrastructure

Making good decisions on infrastructure

Recently the Institute for Government published the final report of its year-long programme of work into infrastructure planning and policy, How to transform infrastructure decision making in the UK. It’s only 25 pages long (something the NIC could definitely learn from!) and worth a read, as are the IfG’s five previous reports on infrastructure, though...

14 Mar 2018 By
Reflecting on two years of the National Infrastructure Commission

Reflecting on two years of the National Infrastructure Commission

Two years ago today the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission was announced. As we prepare for the launch of our interim National Infrastructure Assessment – the country’s first – it’s important to remember how much we’ve achieved in just two years.  Our first report on Smart Power focused on the potential of more flexible...

13 Oct 2017 By
Cambridge Conference: how data can help determine our future infrastructure needs

Cambridge Conference: how data can help determine our future infrastructure needs

As the NIC prepares the country’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment, data will play a central role. But data is not only crucial in enabling us to predict our future needs; it is also playing an increasingly central role in how we manage and maintain our infrastructure systems to get the best out of them, and...

17 Jul 2017 By
Notes from the Big Apple, and lessons for London as a world city

Notes from the Big Apple, and lessons for London as a world city

Earlier this month, as part of a broader fact-finding trip to the east coast of the United States, Lord Adonis and I had the pleasure of meeting the President and members of the board of New York’s Regional Plan Association, to hear how their work is informing and challenging the city’s approach to the infrastructure...

16 Jun 2017 By

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