GIIA appoints acting chief executive

The Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA) has appointed an acting chief executive following the decision of incumbent Lawrence Slade to step down from the organisation.

Slade has led the organisation over the past three years, helping it navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and helping to expand its membership. He spoke to Partnerships & P3 Bulletin last year, setting out the GIIA’s plans for the future.

Current deputy chief executive and director of corporate affairs, Jon Phillips, has been installed as the organisation’s acting chief executive while a search is undertaken to find a permanent replacement for Slade.

Phillips joined the GIIA in September 2016 shortly after its foundation. Prior to his time at the GIIA, he worked in communications at a number of major infrastructure projects, including leading the Heathrow Terminal 5 communications campaign and working as a founding director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

“In the context of the current global economic climate, promoting the role of private capital in infrastructure has never been more important,” he said. “We have a strong programme of advocacy across our major markets planned for 2023 and will continue to work with our growing membership to provide helpful market insights and create opportunities to bring our membership network together.”

GIIA chairman Christopher Frost said: “GIIA has made further great strides over the last three years and the board would like to thank Lawrence for his leadership of the association over this period and wish him well in his next role. We have appointed Jon as acting chief executive officer to ensure continuity and stability for the executive team, our members and stakeholders.”