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Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Summary We are looking for an Assistant Director. This is an opportunity to work creatively and rigorously on some of the most pressing issues for UK infrastructure, outside the constraints of current government policy, over the long term. By joining the NIC, you’ll be playing a key role in delivering independent advice to government on...

23 Oct 2020 By
Policy Advisers (SEO)

Policy Advisers (SEO)

Summary We are currently recruiting for two Policy Advisers to lead projects across different subject areas within the Commission’s remit. These roles are central to ensuring the Commissioners are provided with timely, credible advice on how the UK’s infrastructure strategy can best meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming decades. By joining the National...

22 Oct 2020 By
James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat
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James Heath: Getting the evidence in place for key decisions on low carbon heat

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed Utility Week’s ‘Build Back Better’ Forum today (21 October 2020). His speech explored the policy decisions and investment needed to harness the full potential of low carbon heat, setting out the range of evidence that will be required to ensure effective decisions to address the...

21 Oct 2020 By
Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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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...

7 Oct 2020 By
Cities share good practice for developing local infrastructure strategies

Cities share good practice for developing local infrastructure strategies

A new toolkit curated by the National Infrastructure Commission is offering advice to cities on developing local infrastructure strategies to underpin improvements in transport, housing and employment prospects. The guidance seeks to maximise the impact of further devolution of powers and funding to city regions recommended by the Commission, by sharing experience and knowledge between...

7 Oct 2020 By
Armitt: A clear infrastructure policy is more vital than ever
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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...

4 Oct 2020 By
James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit
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James Heath speech to Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the Infrastructure Forum Annual Policy Summit yesterday (29 September 2020). His speech explored the importance of a long term strategy for infrastructure planning, the tests which the Commission will apply to the government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy, and the key policies the Commission recommends is...

30 Sep 2020 By
Armitt welcomes appointment of Neale Coleman as Commissioner
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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...

29 Sep 2020 By
Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum
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Bridget Rosewell speech to the Westminster Business Forum

“I’m very pleased to be here, and indeed, to have had the opportunity to have listened to some, if not all, of the presentations today. This is my chance to assess progress against the Commission’s report, which we published nearly three years ago in November 2017, on what we call the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc. That...

22 Sep 2020 By
A sector that looks more like today’s UK will serve it better
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A sector that looks more like today’s UK will serve it better

“Create a diverse, inclusive workplace that is representative of the public we serve – and  ensure that infrastructure planning, decision-making and implementation reflects the needs of the entire population.” Walking into a conference hall containing some of the key decision makers in infrastructure investment a few years ago, I was struck by the similarity of...

1 Sep 2020 By
Commission’s plan to play its part in embedding diversity in infrastructure decision making
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Commission’s plan to play its part in embedding diversity in infrastructure decision making

The National Infrastructure Commission has set out a roadmap for ensuring its own staff team reflects the diversity of the UK, alongside making inclusion a key factor in analysing future policy questions to help infrastructure better serve the needs of all users. The Commission’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-23 outlines plans to attract and retain...

1 Sep 2020 By
My first 100 days

My first 100 days

100 days ago, I took up my post as Chief Executive of the NIC. Like others who have changed jobs during the crisis, I’ve been navigating the challenge of being away from a tangible office environment and getting to know my new team through calls and computer screens. While it’s been a rather unconventional start, I join at a time when the Commission’s work has never...

14 Aug 2020 By
Letter to Environment Secretary from Commission Chair: floods policy
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Letter to Environment Secretary from Commission Chair: floods policy

Commission Chair Sir John Armitt has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Rt Hon George Eustice MP, setting out the Commission’s views in response to to the government’s recently updated flooding and coastal erosion risk management strategy for England, launched on 14 July 2020.

11 Aug 2020 By
Falling cost of renewables strengthens case for accelerating deployment
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Falling cost of renewables strengthens case for accelerating deployment

New research carried out for the National Infrastructure Commission shows how sharp falls in the cost of renewable generation mean that Britain should aim for renewables to meet two thirds of electricity needs by 2030 and that this can be delivered at the same overall cost as meeting only half of total demand by that...

11 Aug 2020 By
Engaging younger generation with transformation of UK’s infrastructure goal for next YPP

Engaging younger generation with transformation of UK’s infrastructure goal for next YPP

The ten new members of the National Infrastructure Commission Young Professionals Panel meet for the first time today with a remit to build a stronger voice for younger infrastructure creators and users in the Commission’s work, at a time of increased focus on infrastructure as a key engine of economic recovery. Meeting virtually as a...

24 Jul 2020 By
Can data help make our crucial infrastructure even more resilient?

Can data help make our crucial infrastructure even more resilient?

Now more than ever we can see the importance of data to help us anticipate, react, and recover from infrequent but potentially devastating events. But this is not just true of pandemics: data can help us to manage direct shocks to infrastructure as well. During the current crisis, our infrastructure systems have generally stood up...

17 Jul 2020 By
Broad view on rail benefits will help assess rail options for North and Midlands, says Commission

Broad view on rail benefits will help assess rail options for North and Midlands, says Commission

Decisions on future rail investment in the North and Midlands should consider factors that capture the wide range of benefits that rail transport into dense cities and towns can bring, according to the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission has today published an interim report which sets out the methodology it proposes to use to undertake...

15 Jul 2020 By
New package of flood prevention measures welcomed

New package of flood prevention measures welcomed

The government had today published a policy statement on flood and coastal erosion risk management. This sets out a range of measures the government proposes taking to improve resilience to flood and coastal erosion risk. In response to the statement, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt said: “This significant package to better...

14 Jul 2020 By
Armitt: “Build Build Build” plans need to lock in environmental gains with long term strategy
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Armitt: “Build Build Build” plans need to lock in environmental gains with long term strategy

Responding to today’s speech (‘Build Build Build’, 30 June 2020) by the Prime Minister, Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said: “Building back better, greener and faster are welcome ambitions and it is critical that we take immediate steps to secure jobs and build confidence across supply chains. “Opportunities remain to accelerate...

30 Jun 2020 By
New report a “timely reminder” of need for green economic recovery plan

New report a “timely reminder” of need for green economic recovery plan

The latest annual report to Parliament by the Committee on Climate Change says accelerating steps to address climate change must be at the heart of any economic recovery plan, and proposes a range of green stimulus measures in tune with recommendations made by the National Infrastructure Commission. The CCC’s latest report says government should use...

25 Jun 2020 By
Forecasting a changeable outlook

Forecasting a changeable outlook

You don’t have to be a trained weather forecaster to note that the weather in the UK is changing. The scientific consensus is that we will see an increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events as a result of climate change. The UK government has legislated for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by...

12 Jun 2020 By
A duty to prepare: vital infrastructure must be ready for the future, finds Commission
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A duty to prepare: vital infrastructure must be ready for the future, finds Commission

The past is not always the best guide to the future and proactive steps are needed to ensure the UK’s infrastructure can remain resilient, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission has set out a new framework to help support change across infrastructure sectors and is calling for transparent standards...

27 May 2020 By
Fresh ideas to help infrastructure serve a changing society

Fresh ideas to help infrastructure serve a changing society

Three-day rail season tickets to support flexible working, designing transport hubs to encourage safe post-pandemic social interaction, and securing better air quality through design are just some of the ideas proposed by young infrastructure professionals as part of a programme run by the National Infrastructure Commission. The Commission’s inaugural Young Professionals Panel (YPP) was appointed...

26 May 2020 By
Armitt: Decisions now can help on long road of healing economy
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Armitt: Decisions now can help on long road of healing economy

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, has reinforced the need for long-term infrastructure planning alongside short term stimulus measures to help build confidence in the economy, in a letter to the Chancellor. His letter, sent last week, acknowledges that measures are available to stimulate demand in parts of the economy – such...

17 May 2020 By

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