The Commissioners provide expert, impartial advice to the government on infrastructure, work with the Chair and each other to shape and develop the national infrastructure assessment and specific studies, and engage with the government, industry, interest groups and other stakeholders to promote the NIC and gather views on future infrastructure needs and solutions.
The Commission secretariat stands at approximately 40 staff, led by its Chief Executive.
The National Infrastructure Commission framework document provides a fuller description of the roles and responsibilities of the NIC’s Chair, Commissioners and staff.
Sir John Armitt CBE
Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, National Express Group, 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 in large part have now been adopted by the current government, resulting in the National Infrastructure Commission.
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.
Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014, Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012, a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, and a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016. He was also Chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.
Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016; he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick.
Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.
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.
Professor Besley is a past co-editor of the American Economic Review and a 2005 winner of the Yrjö Jahnsson Award of the European Economics Association, which is granted every other year to an economist aged under 45 who has made a significant contribution to economics in Europe. His research, which mostly has a policy focus, is mainly in the areas of Development Economics, Public Economics and Political Economy.
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.
He joined Imperial as BP/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor in Engineering for Sustainable Development in 2002 and became Director at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation in 2010. David has published on engineering, environmental modelling and analysis, energy and resource economics, knowledge management and risk. He served on the Commission for Environmental Markets and Economic Performance and is a professorial associate at SOAS.
He was the UK board member EC Joint Research Centre until 2011, a Council Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Division Building Research Establishment until 1984. He is an Honorary Fellow of CIBSE, RIBA and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
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. 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.
Recent previous roles include SID at ARM Holdings PLC, board member of the CBI, member of the Digital Economy Council and Chairman of DockOn AG.
Andy was CEO and a member of the board of Logica plc from January 2008 to August 2012. Prior to joining Logica, he had been a board member at BT Group plc from 2001. During his 21 years at BT, Andy held many senior positions, including CEO BT Global Services and CEO BT Openworld.
He previously served on boards in Europe, Asia and the US, including, until July 2008, the board of Navteq Inc. He began his career with Shell and subsequently joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells.
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.
Sadie regularly lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. In 2013 she became the youngest president of the Architectural Association, and in 2016 she was appointed professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University. In 2017 she was named New Londoner of the Year at the New London Awards for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level. In 2020 she was awarded an OBE in the new year’s honours list and was awarded a fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
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.
She has been involved in long-term infrastructure development and investment in UK, Europe, North America and Africa as part of the equity-only Meridiam funds investing in energy, transport, environmental and social projects for 25 years. Meridiam’s funds are supported by over 70 global pension funds and insurance companies.
Julia has an extensive history and background in infrastructure investment, having acted as an investor, an adviser both to governments and to the private sector, and provider of debt and junior funding in respect of a large number of major infrastructure projects around the globe over decades. Julia’s past roles have included Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel in London, Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank and Senior Director and Head of Eurozone Infrastructure Finance at Bank of Scotland.
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. She has been a member of Commissions looking at the future of public services, city finance, London 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 Rosewell is Chair of Atom Bank. She is also a non-executive director of Network Rail, and founder and Senior Advisor of Volterra Partners. She was appointed OBE in July 2013 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Chief Executive Officer
James joined the Commission as Chief Executive in May 2020. Prior to this, he served as Director of Digital Infrastructure at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
James led DCMS through the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and Telecoms Supply Chain Review, and had overall responsibility for broadband, mobile and telecoms security policy, and the Government’s 5G Trials & Testbed Programme.
Before joining DCMS in 2017, he was Director of Policy at the BBC.
James was appointed Chief Economist to the Commission in March 2016. Prior to this, James served as Director, Fiscal and Deputy Chief Economic Adviser at HM Treasury (2012-16)and Director, Public Spending (2008-12).
He ran Spending Review 2010 and led on reforms to public service pensions, following Lord Hutton’s independent report. James joined HM Treasury in 1998 and has worked predominantly on public spending issues since, including heading the Labour Market Policy team (covering DWP spending) and the Home and Legal team (covering Home Office, MoJ and Law Officers’ spending).
Director of Policy
Giles joined the Commission in January 2019 from Ofwat to work on the Regulation Study. He was appointed interim Director of Policy in September 2019.
Prior to his current role, Giles led Ofwat’s sector review into the impact on water customers of the ‘Beast from the East’ sudden freeze and thaw. He ran the CBA review of whether competition should be introduced to residential customers. He was Portfolio Director for the 2014 price review, responsible for transforming the way that Ofwat engaged and categorised price controls.
Previous roles include leading offshore transmission (designing the competitive tendering scheme) at Ofgem and seconded national expert at the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission.
Chief Operating Officer
Charlotte was appointed as Chief Operating Officer to the Commission in May 2019. A chartered accountant by background, prior to joining the Commission she worked for KPMG LLP delivering internal and external audit and advisory across the public sector. During this time she worked with clients across central and local government, the NHS, charities, higher education and private sector bodies.
Charlotte completed her accountancy training at the Audit Commission, delivering external audit to the NHS, local government and local government pension funds.