Phil Graham has experience of major infrastructure projects from working at the DfT. He led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy and was led the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission, as secretary. However, deciding where to build extra airport capacity in the southeast is outside the remit of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC).
Mr Graham was appointed by chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, who said: “I am delighted to appoint Phil Graham as CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission. The NIC will provide expert, independent advice to the government on the most pressing infrastructure challenges facing the country. Phil’s role as CEO will be vital in overseeing this work.”
Lord Adonis, interim chair of the NIC, added: “Phil Graham is supremely qualified to be the first CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission. He has done brilliant work on a wide range of nationally significant projects from high speed rail to the London Olympics and most recently as secretary of the Airports Commission. He is an excellent public servant and I am confident he will be superb in his new role.”
Alasdair Reisner, chief executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said Mr Graham had “world-class expertise in delivering nationally-significant infrastructure projects”.