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Graham quits National Infrastructure Commission

Words: Huw Morris

Phil Graham is quitting as chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission and moving to the Greater London Authority (GLA) in the new year.

Graham will take up the role of executive director of good growth at the GLA in January. In a tweet, he said it was “a wrench” to leave the commission but the move means “there’s a phenomenal opportunity” for someone to be the next chief executive.

The job advert for the £92,000 role says the next incumbent will be responsible for around 40 staff and providing strategic leadership and direction to a large team comprised of civil servants and private sector secondees.

The chief executive advises chair Sir John Armitt and the commission’s board on a range of strategic infrastructure issues, ensuring that their recommendations are “robust and based on first-class analysis”. They are responsible for leading engagement across key Whitehall infrastructure departments, the private sector and Parliament.

In July 2018, the commission published the first National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), setting out a plan of action for the country’s infrastructure over the next 10 to 30 years. This included recommendations on transport, energy, water and waste water, flood resilience, digital connectivity and solid waste.

The government is expected to respond with a National Infrastructure Strategy, and the commission is starting work on the second NIA.