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Scotland’s Infrastructure Commission takes shape with final appointments

Words: Huw Morris
Scottish Parliament

An independent commission to advise the Scottish Government on a 30-year strategy for infrastructure investment has appointed its final members.

The commission, chaired by former Scottish Power chief executive Ian Russell, will advise ministers on strategic investments to boost inclusive economic growth, improve services and support delivery of the country’s low-carbon objectives.

The newly appointed commissioners are: Glasgow University public policy professor Iain Docherty; Ken Gillespie, who chairs both Homes for Scotland and Construction Scotland; Buccleuch executive chair Benny Higgins; Scottish Police Authority member Mary Pitcaithly; Rachel Skinner, head of UK transport and an executive director at WSP; Scottish TUC general secretary Grahame Smith; Sara Thiam, a director of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Scotland; John Trower, chairman of internet infrastructure provider Optimity, and Janette Webb, an Edinburgh University professor specialising in low-carbon infrastructure.

Under its National Infrastructure Mission, the Scottish Government has pledged to “steadily increase annual investment” so that it is £1.56 billion more in 2025-26 than in 2019-20, meaning more than £25 billion in infrastructure investment through the next Parliament.

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