Permanent chair for Infra Commission

A new permanent chair has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).

The government has appointed former deputy chair, Sir John Armitt, to the role after he took on the position on an interim basis earlier this month, following the resignation of inaugural chair Lord Adonis.

Sir John has served as a commissioner at the NIC since it was established in 2015 and was appointed deputy to Lord Adonis last year.

His previous positions have included chief executive of Network Rail, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Committee and president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

“Sir John Armitt brings years of experience of UK infrastructure,” said Chancellor Philip Hammond. “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.”

Speaking about his priorities for the organisation, Sir John said: “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.”