Virtual Live Briefing with Sir John Armitt, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission

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The National Infrastructure Strategy was published in November 2020 detailing a host of policies to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure is delivered “fairer, faster, and greener”. As the UK continues to deal with the impact of COVID-19, and with vast volumes of resources directed at supporting this - what does this mean for the plans laid out?

Join us live to hear from Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission to:

  • Hear about the progress made so far in implementing the National Infrastructure Strategy and how COVID-19 has affected this
  • Learn what Sir John thinks will be the biggest challenges going forward in achieving the plans laid out
  • Discover ways in which the sectors can best support government to ensure that the policies detailed in the Strategy are achieved
  • Sir John Armitt


    National Infrastructure Commission

    Sir John Armitt is Chairman of the National Express Group, City & Guilds Group, and the National Infrastructure Commission. Sir John is also on the Board of the Berkeley Group and Expo 2020. In September 2013 Sir John published an independent review on long term infrastructure planning in the UK.  The recommendations in the Armitt Review received widespread support and in large part have now been adopted by the current government, resulting in the National Infrastructure Commission. After leaving John Laing plc in 1993, where Sir John had been Chairman of Laing’s International and Civil Engineering divisions, he became Chief Executive of Union Railways. In 1997 he became Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001. Sir John was Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from 2001-2002, Chief Executive of Network Rail from 2002-2007, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority from 2007-2014, Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2007-2012, a member of the Airports Commission from 2012-2015, a member of the Board of Transport for London from 2012-2016 and a Board member and later Chairman of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission from 2016-2018. Sir John was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 2015-2016, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Institution of Civil Engineers and City and Guilds of London Institute and has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Birmingham, Imperial College London, Portsmouth, Reading and Warwick. Sir John was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.

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