Rob Mallows

Communications Manager, National Infrastructure Commission

We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Digital
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We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Digital

As part of its work leading up to the second National Infrastructure Assessment in H2 2023, the Commission’s work on the UK’s digital infrastructure will take a particular focus on its role in transforming other infrastructure sectors, to lower costs and increase performance and improve resilience. We’re looking to appoint a senior policy adviser who...

29 Nov 2021 By
We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Transport & Local Growth

We’re recruiting: Senior Policy Adviser – Transport & Local Growth

Effective transport planning is essential for improving connectivity within, and between, towns and cities and supporting opportunities for economic growth and the development of places that offer a good quality of life for the people that live and work in them. The successful candidate for this role in our policy team will be experienced in...

19 Nov 2021 By
“A realistic plan for major long term investments”: Commission responds to Integrated Rail Plan
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“A realistic plan for major long term investments”: Commission responds to Integrated Rail Plan

Responding to the government’s publication of its Integrated Rail Plan, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said: “We now have a realistic plan for major long term investments to improve rail for the North and Midlands in the face of public spending constraints. In our advice to government the Commission made the...

18 Nov 2021 By
James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

James Heath speech to WEETF on delivering Gigabit-capable broadband

The following remarks were shared by the Commission’s Chief Executive James Heath at a WEETF eForum event on 2 November on the theme of ‘Delivering Gigabit-capable full-fibre broadband’.  “I should start off by declaring an interest. Before I joined the National Infrastructure Commission, I worked at DCMS and was involved in designing the government’s broadband...

2 Nov 2021 By
In sight but out of mind: designing infrastructure to support mental health
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In sight but out of mind: designing infrastructure to support mental health

An opinion piece by Ann Zhang, economist at Frontier Economics and Chair of the Commission’s Young Professionals Panel. A Breath of fresh air: Green space and mental health If there is one lesson that lockdown has taught me, (aside from the fact I will never be a star baker), it is that access to green...

13 Oct 2021 By
Fundamental shift in funding to local level needed to help level up English towns
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Fundamental shift in funding to local level needed to help level up English towns

Levelling up towns will require a shift in government’s approach from announcing multiple ringfenced pots of money – many of which councils must compete over – to instead handing power to local areas to deliver their own infrastructure strategies with five-year devolved budgets, according to the UK’s official infrastructure advisers. In a report launched today...

23 Sep 2021 By
Government must get UK ahead of the game in crucial engineered removals sector
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Government must get UK ahead of the game in crucial engineered removals sector

The UK government must commit to the wide-scale deployment of new greenhouse gas removal technologies by 2030 in order to meet its climate change obligations, according to a report by the National Infrastructure Commission.  The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources...

29 Jul 2021 By
New members to be appointed to Commission

New members to be appointed to Commission

A unique opportunity for leaders from across different fields to bring their experience to bear in helping to inform the Commission’s future work programme. A new recruitment process is underway to appoint up to three new members to the National Infrastructure Commission. The collective role of Commissioners is provide expert, impartial advice to the government...

12 Jul 2021 By
Commission backs virtual pavilion at climate summit

Commission backs virtual pavilion at climate summit

The National Infrastructure Commission is supporting the creation of a Built Environment Virtual Pavilion at this November’s COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow. The pavilion – developed by the UK Green Building Council – will act as a smart virtual presence at the summit, providing a platform for a range of bodies involved in infrastructure and...

27 May 2021 By
James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy
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James Richardson speech to WEETF event on the hydrogen economy

The following remarks were given by our Chief Economist James Richardson at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum event on Creating the hydrogen economy, which took place earlier today. “Hydrogen seems to inspire equal parts optimism and scepticism. Perhaps that’s only to be expected from a new technology. But I thought it would be...

26 May 2021 By
Welcome boost for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Welcome boost for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

The energy regulator Ofgem has today announced £300m of investment to ensure the UK has the energy infrastructure necessary to support the move to low carbon transport and heating while maintaining secure supplies. This includes new infrastructure to support 1,800 new ultra-rapid charging points at motorway service areas. In response, a National Infrastructure Commission spokesperson...

24 May 2021 By
Look beyond short term projections to guide post-Covid infrastructure decisions, says Commission
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Look beyond short term projections to guide post-Covid infrastructure decisions, says Commission

Analysing a range of scenarios for how the use of public transport, broadband networks and utilities might change as a result of Covid-19 and regularly reviewing which trends seem to be playing out is the best way of avoiding policy paralysis in the face of huge uncertainties, according to the National Infrastructure Commission.    Behaviour change could make a significant difference to infrastructure demand for some sectors, but public surveys and...

13 May 2021 By
Commission backs new vision for relationship between the natural and built environments

Commission backs new vision for relationship between the natural and built environments

The National Infrastructure Commission has today endorsed a bold new vision for protecting and enhancing the UK’s built environment. The Commission is one of more than 35 bodies which have put their names to Vision for the Built Environment, including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, and the...

22 Apr 2021 By
James Heath speech to CBI Infrastructure Board
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James Heath speech to CBI Infrastructure Board

The Commission’s chief executive spoke to members of the Confederation of British Industry’s Infrastructure Board today, offering reflections on the government’s National Infrastructure Strategy, the Commission’s priorities for 2021 as set out in our Annual Monitoring Report, and to look ahead to some of the long term infrastructure challenges that the Commission is likely to...

4 Mar 2021 By
New study on infrastructure in towns
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New study on infrastructure in towns

In its 2021 Budget, the government asked the Commission to undertake a new study looking specifically at the role of infrastructure in helping towns and urban areas outside major cities. The new study will have a particular focus on the role of transport and digital infrastructure in boosting economic regeneration and levelling up. More details...

3 Mar 2021 By

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