25 April 2018
UK – PBA is delighted to announce that graduate engineer Henry Metcalf is to become a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s new Young Professionals Panel (YPP).
This new initiative from the Commission, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure, aims to ensure a strong voice for the next generation of infrastructure leaders for the country. The Panel will support the Commission across a wide range of infrastructure programmes as well as developing their own ideas to enhance long-term infrastructure for the UK.
Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:
“The Commission exists to identify what infrastructure the country needs up to 2050. So it’s right we give the next generation of infrastructure leaders a say in our work. I look forward to working with these young professionals, some of whom could end up designing and managing world-leading infrastructure built as a result of Commission recommendations.”
Professor Sadie Morgan, Commissioner and chair of the YPP Selection Panel, said:
“The selection team was blown away by the quality of the short-listed candidates. It was tough choosing from over 500 fantastic entries, but in these sixteen young professionals we have a passionate and diverse group which I hope will inspire the Commission with their creative ideas about the UK’s future infrastructure needs.”
Phil Graham, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:
“An important aim for the Commission has always been to broaden our reach and find ways to engage new and different groups in our work. The Young Professionals Panel is a fantastic example of this bringing together talented individuals from different professions, backgrounds and regions to provide fresh perspectives on the country’s infrastructure challenges.”
Henry joined PBA in March 2017 and has been working on transport projects in the London team. Commenting on his appointment, Henry said:
“It is an honour to be appointed alongside such dedicated and talented professionals. I look forward to the work we’ll be able to do to support infrastructure programmes across the UK and am excited to be part of the future of our industry.“
The Commission launched this initiative in December 2017 to find the brightest and the best of the UK’s infrastructure professionals to inform its work. Part of its role is to be open to new approaches and ideas and the Panel exists to draw on the creativity and enthusiasm of young professionals from a wide range of sectors who are building their careers.
The YPP members were selected from 30 candidates who in turn had been shortlisted from over 500 entries.