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  • by Trevor Loveday

Government appoints three new experts to infrastructure advisor

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced the appointment of three new experts to the government infrastructure advisor, the National Infrastructure Commission.

The new commissioners: Nicholas Winser CBE, Kate Willard OBE and Jim Hall will, according to the government: “strengthen infrastructure, energy and environment expertise,” at the NIC. Their appointments will run until April 2027 and took effect from 1 May 2022.

Alongside the new appointments, Neale Coleman CBE, Julia Prescot, and Andy Green CBE have been reappointed as commissioners for further five-year terms.

Chair of the Commission, Sir John Armitt, said the appointees’ expertise “will be particularly useful as we work towards publication of the second National Infrastructure Assessment next year.”

Winser (pictured top) will replace David Fisk as the Commissioner with particular experience in the energy sector, Fisk has stepped don form the commission. Hall and Willard have been appointed to “strengthen further the commission’s expertise on the relationship between infrastructure and the environment, and local and regional infrastructure policy.”

Winser (pictured left) has had a 30-year career in the energy sector which included chief executive of National Grid, President of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity and CIGRE UK chair.

Willard (right) is chair of the Thames Estuary Growth board and the government-appointed Thames Estuary Envoy.

Hall (below left) is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and is director of research in the School of Geography and the Environment.He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.


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