Mr Graham joins the National Infrastructure Commission from the Department for Transport, where he has worked on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects.
Phil Graham led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.
On 5 October 2015 the Chancellor announced the creation of the National Infrastructure Commission to provide expert independent analysis of the long-term infrastructure needs of the country.
The commission has been working in shadow form since then.
The commission will publish a National Infrastructure Assessment every Parliament setting out its analysis of the UK’s infrastructure needs over a 10 to 30 year horizon. The government will be required formally to respond to the recommendations of the commission.
The commission has also been tasked with carrying out specific studies of pressing infrastructure challenges.
The commission will have a remit which will ensure that it recommends infrastructure that is sustainable, affordable and provides real economic benefit.
Mr Osborne 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.”