The Commission currently has a Chair and 9 other non-executive commissioners. 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 35 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.
Lord Andrew Adonis
Lord Andrew Adonis was appointed as Permanent Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission on 21 April 2017 having served as Interim Chair since October 2015. He was a member of the independent Armitt Commission, which recommended an independent National Infrastructure Commission in 2013.
Lord Adonis was formerly the Transport Secretary from 2009 to 2010, Minister of State for Transport from 2008 to 2009 and Minister for Schools from 2005 to 2008. He was Head of the No10 Policy Unit from 2001 to 2005, having worked there since 1998 as education adviser.
Prior to these appointments, Lord Adonis was a journalist at the Financial Times for five years (1991-96) before moving to the Observer as a political columnist. He was educated at Keble College, Oxford, studying history, followed by a PhD in modern history and a fellowship at Nuffield College Oxford. During this time he was also elected to Oxford City Council from 1987 to 1991.
Lord Adonis also chairs the trustee board of Frontline.
Sir John Armitt CBE
Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Express Group, the City & Guilds Group, Deputy Chairman of the Berkeley Group and Deputy Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. Sir John is also on the Board of 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, and a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, and a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016.
Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the 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.
Dame Kate Barker DBE
Kate Barker is a business economist. She is presently a non-executive director of Taylor Wimpey plc and Man Group plc, and chairs the Jersey Fiscal Policy Panel. She is also chairman of trustees at the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, and a pension trustee at the Yorkshire Building Society.
Kate was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee from 2001 to May 2010. During this period, she led two major policy reviews for government, on UK housing supply and on land-use planning. Before joining the MPC, she was Chief Economic Adviser for the CBI.
Professor 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 and served as the President of the European Economic Association in 2010.
In 2018, he will serve as the President of the Econometric Society. 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
David Fisk is Emeritus Professor of Systems Engineering Innovation at the Centre for Systems Engineering and Infrastructure at Imperial College London 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 Education, Transport and Environment 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 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 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. He is advisory Chairman at npGroup, which offers technical resourcing solutions across the world. He also advises Tagos, DockOn, the Eight Great Technologies Fund and Thomas Swan. 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 ABESU and The Tech Partnership, 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.
Dr Demis Hassabis
Demis Hassabis is the founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company, bought by Google in Jan 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. He leads projects including the development of AlphaGo, the first program to ever beat a professional player at the game of Go.
Demis is a former child chess prodigy, who finished his A-levels two years early before coding the multi-million selling simulation game Theme Park aged 17. Following graduation from Cambridge University with a Double First
in Computer Science he founded the pioneering videogames company Elixir Studios producing award winning games for global publishers such as Vivendi Universal.
After a decade of experience leading successful technology startups, Demis returned to academia to complete a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at UCL, followed by postdocs at MIT and Harvard, before founding DeepMind.
His research connecting memory with imagination was listed in the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2007 by the journal Science. Demis is a 5-times World Games Champion, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and the recipient of the Royal Society’s Mullard Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal.
Professor Sadie Morgan
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of leading architectural practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh. The studio is renowned for creating innovative, high quality and socially useful architecture.
Over a 20-year career Sadie has played a key role in the advocacy of exemplary design and architecture, through her professional practice and her key advisory roles.
dRMM has been a recipient of the 2013 Scheuco Gold Architect of the Year Award for ‘the most significant contribution to British Architecture over the past year’.
This success was followed in 2015 by the Housing Architect of the Year Award, in recognition of dRMM’s work on some of the most significant regeneration projects in London. These include the residential building, Faraday House, for the Battersea Power Station masterplan; the 2012 Athletes’ Village for the London Olympic Games in Stratford; and Trafalgar Place, part of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment.
In 2016 the practice received its second shortlisting for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Sadie is chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two (HS2), reporting directly to the Secretary of State. Most recently, she was asked to join Lord Heseltine’s Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission.
Sadie regularly lectures nationally and internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. She has sat on numerous competition jury and advisory panels, including the RIBA
National Awards Advisory Panel, the World Architecture Festival Super Jury, and regularly represents the profession in the media through radio,TV appearances and her columns in Building Magazine and Estates Gazette. In 2013 she became the youngest, and third female President of the Architectural Association and in 2014 was shortlisted for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award. More recently Sadie
won the 2015 CBI First Woman award in recognition of her outstanding contribution
to the built environment and in 2016, was the first woman to receive the Building
Magazine Personality of the Year award.
Sadie is highly active within the architectural industry, both in business and extracurricular
activity. She has participated in various cycling events including the BCO Cycle Challenge, pedElle, and most recently the Cycle to MIPIM 2015 challenge, where she contributed to the quarter-of-a-million pounds raised for Coram, the UK’s oldest adoption charity. In 2012, following success in the Rolex Fastnet Race, Sadie
went on to form part of the winning team for the Great British keelboat line-up for the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup 2012.
In 2016 Sadie was appointed Professor at the University of Westminster, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.
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 the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Infraco Asia and Infraco Africa Investments, a non executive director of the IPFA, a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focussed on renewable energy.
She is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London. She has also sat on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure and contributes to the Brookings Institute Initiative on Urban Accessiblity. Julia 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, 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 OBE
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 is a Commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission, a founder and Senior Adviser of Volterra Partners, and a non-executive director of Network Rail and of Atom Bank. She was Chief Economic Adviser to the Greater London Authority from 2002 to 2012, responsible for all transport and economic impact analysis. Her book, ‘Reinventing London’ was published in 2014.
She was appointed OBE in July 2013 and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
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, North East Economy, the City Growth Commission and London Infrastructure Commission.
Prior to joining the National Infrastructure Commission, Phil Graham worked on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects for the Department for Transport. He led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy from its inception and took it through one of the country’s largest ever consultation and analysis processes, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.
Previous roles include posts running DfT’s incident response team, working on the Eddington study of transport and economic growth and as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.