The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has confirmed Sir John Armitt as its new Chair.
NIC’s former Deputy Chairman will succeed Lord Adonis, who tendered his resignation at the end of last year, and Sir John is well placed to step into the role, as he has been a member of the Commission since its inception.
Established in October 2015, the Commission is responsible for providing advice to the government regarding the pressing challenges in infrastructure that are facing the the UK.
Lord Adonis stepped down because of differences with the government regarding Brexit negotiations, which left Sir John Armitt as the interim Chair.
This position has now been made permanent, and in his new role, Sir John Armitt faces an important year which will include the Roads for the Future competition that will seek ideas on how the road network can work for driverless cars, and the first ever National Infrastructure Assessment will be published later in 2018.
Sir John Armitt is understandably delighted with the appointment, and spoke about the long term challenges facing the infrastructure sector.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed as the Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission as we prepare for the publication of our first National Infrastructure Assessment later this year.
“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.
“I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners and listening to our stakeholders as we set out the way forward for the UK’s infrastructure.”
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, believes Sir John’s expertise will provide the strategic advice to the UK has the infrastructure needed for the long term.
He said: “Sir John Armitt brings years of experience of UK infrastructure. With him at the helm, I am confident we will develop a strategic and ambitious infrastructure plan that supports economic growth for decades to come.”