Infrastructure Advisory Panel
Growth on the scale anticipated for London is placing increasing pressure on our aging infrastructure. Infrastructure providers face many challenges – increased customer expectations, funding constraints and ambitious targets for decarbonisation alongside an ongoing need to reinforce, maintain and modernise existing assets. New developments need servicing with transport, energy, water, waste, digital connectivity and green and social infrastructure. This increase in activity causes disruption and congestion, which has a wide-ranging impact - particularly on local communities - but also on London’s economy and the environment.
Against this backdrop, the Mayor recently established an Infrastructure Coordination Team at the Greater London Authority (GLA) to support the coordination of infrastructure planning and delivery across London. This is backed and funded by industry and follows an extensive consultation which concluded that the planning and delivery of London’s infrastructure could be improved for the benefit of residents, the economy and wider society.
The Coordination Team is overseen by the London Infrastructure Group, convened by the Mayor and composed of senior infrastructure leaders from across the industry, bringing together the organisations responsible for building, maintaining and supporting London’s infrastructure.
To complement the London Infrastructure Group and support the work programme of the GLA’s Infrastructure Coordination Team and the Mayor's wider infrastructure agenda, the GLA is looking to establish a new Infrastructure Advisory Panel. Bringing together a pool of expertise from across the infrastructure space, the Infrastructure Advisory Panel would inform the London Infrastructure Group’s agenda, ensuring they focus on the key challenges and opportunities that can measurably advance London’s infrastructure.
One of the key aims of the Panel is to address issues around a lack of diversity in the sector and so it is important that this is a diverse group, platforming innovative ideas brought in by women and BAME professionals in this area.
To support the pursuits of the London Infrastructure Group, the Advisory Panel is intended to focus primarily on London’s civil infrastructure over social infrastructure. We do recognise that such a distinction is not always easy or helpful to make when considering the complexities of successful urban places, but think it is important that the remit of the Advisory Panel is rooted in the analysis of London’s civil infrastructure.
Purpose and terms of appointment
The Advisory Panel will:
- constructively challenge and support the London Infrastructure Group and the GLA’s infrastructure work;
- contribute innovative thinking and recommendations in relation to London’s infrastructure delivery and coordination challenges;
- provide advice on cross-cutting and sector-specific issues, including data, innovation, resilience, regulation, financing and funding of infrastructure;
- ensure that infrastructure policy and delivery continues to cater to and account for London’s diversity;
- inspire others by celebrating the highly skilled but often under-represented women and BAME professionals in this space.
We do not envisage this Panel meeting frequently; our intention is that members will be a flexible resource, offering their advice and input in relation to key issues and decisions faced by the GLA and the London Infrastructure Group. This may include coming together for group discussions or membership of smaller working groups considering particular issues, documents or approaches. We also hope that members will be champions of this work in their own circles of influence.
We are now recruiting potential candidates. We are seeking to appoint a full panel by 21 November 2019, but we will consider applications immediately if they are received before then. Panel members will not be remunerated, but travel expenses may be reimbursed.
The appointment will initially be for 2 years with a review after 6 months to ensure the arrangement is working effectively on both sides.
Interested in joining the Infrastructure Advisory Panel?
We are looking for individuals with drive and substantial experience across the infrastructure space, collectively offering perspectives on the finance, planning, design, construction and use of infrastructure. We are therefore seeking people from various professional backgrounds who can express views on critical matters relating to community engagement, environmental improvement, architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, finance, utilities, smart cities, telecoms, construction, placemaking, land assembly, project management, development policy and economic development.
To APPLY please submit an up to date CV and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining how you feel your skills and experience can contribute to the Infrastructure Advisory Panel.
London's diversity is its biggest asset and we’d like to ensure this Panel also reflects London's diversity at all levels. We welcome applications from everyone: regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.
If you have a question about the role or the application process, please contact a member of the Infrastructure team via email on [email protected]
Application closing date: We are seeking to appoint a full panel by 21 November 2019, but we will consider applications immediately if they are received before then
Interviews will take place at: on a rolling basis, soon after applications are received
If successful, you will be invited to a meeting of the London Infrastructure Group at City Hall on the 5th of December from 15:30 to 17:00, followed by drinks.