Lord Adonis confirmed as permanent leader of the National Infrastructure Commission

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has confirmed the appointment of Lord Adonis as its permanent chair.

Having led the commission since it was first established in October 2015, Lord Adonis took on the full time role on Friday.

He will provide expert and impartial advice to ensure modern Britain has the infrastructure it needs for the future.

Sir John Armitt will act as deputy chair for the former transport secretary, while four new commissioners Dame Kate Barker, Professor David Fisk, Andy Green and Julia Prescot – will also join the NIC to help boost its expertise as it develops a National Infrastructure Assessment setting out how best to meet Britain’s long-term infrastructure needs.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, said: "The National Infrastructure Commission plays a crucial role to help ensure the UK’s infrastructure is fit for the future. I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Lord Adonis as the permanent Chair. He has great ambition, vision and energy, and brings cabinet-level experience and deep knowledge of infrastructure to this role.

"The government has a plan for Britain and is determined to make the most of the opportunities ahead. Part of this will be ensuring our infrastructure is fit for purpose to support an economy that works for everyone and ensure our outward-looking country can continue to succeed on the global stage.

Lord Andrew Adonis said: "I’m delighted to have been formally appointed as Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), and to be able to build on the work that I began as interim Chair. Our infrastructure networks are central to the UK’s economy and society, but too often their planning has been piecemeal and short-term. The NIC provides the opportunity to transform this and deliver the infrastructure that the UK needs to ensure its prosperity over the coming decades.

"I’m also pleased to welcome the new Commissioners to the NIC. These Commissioners, along with our existing ones, are leading experts and ensure the NIC provides the best advice to government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs."

The government has also asked the existing members – Tim Besley, Demis Hassabis, Sadie Morgan and Bridget Rosewell – to serve as Permanent Commissioners until October 2020, having been initially appointed on an interim basis."

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