Sir John Armitt, an experienced engineer who has held senior positions at Network Rail, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Olympic Delivery Authority, has been appointed as the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
A former deputy chair, Sir Armitt was promoted to the role in January following the resignation of Lord Andrew Adonis.
In his new position he will provide strategic advice to ensure the country has the long-term infrastructure it needs to thrive. Crucially he will also oversee the first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which is due to be released this summer.
John Armitt said: “Making the right choices about planning and investing in infrastructure is critical to the UK’s prosperity and quality of life.
“I want the Commission to remain focused on tackling the long-term issues of congestion, capacity and carbon – and to continue to hold the government to account where decisive action is needed – so we can secure the improvements that companies, communities and families need.”
The NIC was first setup in 2015 to help plan, prioritise and ensure efficient investment in Britain’s infrastructure.