Robert is the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Amongst other responsibilities he leads on economic growth, productivity, infrastructure investment and regional growth.
Robert was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014. He sat on the Health Select Committee and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, Rt Hon. Michael Gove MP, and then to the Home Secretary, Rt Hon. Amber Rudd MP. Prior to joining Parliament Robert had a successful business career, latterly as International Managing Director of the art business, Christie’s. Robert trained as a corporate lawyer and practiced with US international law firms Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell in London and Moscow.
Chief Executive, National Infrastructure Commission
Prior to joining the National Infrastructure Commission, Phil Graham worked on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects for the Department for Transport. He led the development of the government’s high speed rail strategy from its inception and took it through one of the country’s largest ever consultation and analysis processes, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics.
Previous roles include posts running DfT’s incident response team, working on the Eddington study of transport and economic growth and as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.
Interim CEO, Infrastructure and Projects Authority
Matthew Vickerstaff is the Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.
Matthew has been a director of a number of finance organisation and has 25 years experience in the design, build, finance and operation of infrastructure projects all over the world. This included over 20 years at Société Générale where he was responsible for managing the global structured finance teams including infrastructure, real estate, aircraft, shipping sectors, and export finance, and where he spent time working in Toronto, New York, Paris and London. Prior to SocGen Matthew began his career at Hambros PLC.
Matthew has worked on numerous major projects across a multiplicity of sectors including:
Gatwick, Sydney and Budapest airports
The Gautrain rail project in South Africa, the Piccadilly Line extension and other metro projects in Sao Paulo, Milan and Barcelona
Solar and wind renewables projects in Spain, France and Germany
The Post Office counters transformation project
Prior to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Matthew was most recently Head of Impact Investment Banking at ClearlySo, assuming overall responsibility for established investment banking and capital raising activities, including equity and debt placement and corporate finance advisory business.
Interim Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority – The Interim Chief Executive leads the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which reports jointly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister for the Cabinet Office.
This includes overseeing the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which contains projections of £600bn of public and private infrastructure investment, and supporting the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio, which contains around 150 of the Government’s most complex and high risk projects. The Interim Chief Executive also leads the professionalisation of the Project Delivery and Project Finance communities in Government.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Project Finance
Mark is the Acting Chief Engineer at HS2, responsible for leading the Engineering and Assurance teams developing the project functional requirements, technical standards and verification and validation regimes that confirm that the infrastructure provides a safe and affordable high speed rail network that meets the Sponsors & Stakeholders requirements.
Mark has over 25 years experience in the design, construction and operation of major infrastructure projects in the railway sector. From an original background in High Voltage distribution engineering working in the UK Electrical Supply industry Mark moved on to more rail orientated employment by joining the Eurotunnel (ET) client team on the Channel Tunnel project in 1991.
In 2002, Mark joined Network Rail working on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project as Head of Electrification & Plant Engineering to build a new infrastructure maintenance organisation. In 2005 he moved to Union Railways North to lead the client team for Track, Catenary and M&E systems on HS1 (CTRL Section 2).
After a spell working as an independent consultant in the UK and overseas Mark returned to UK high speed rail on HS1 and now on HS2 where he has held several posts prior to being appointed as the Acting Chief Engineer in Nov 2018.
Deputy Director Infrastructure Skills and Efficiency, Department for Transport
Catherine De Marco is a Deputy Director at the Department for Transport, responsible for delivering the Transport Infrastructure Skills and Efficiency strategies. The Skills Strategy is aimed at increasing uptake of apprenticeships in transport, and 2 years on has successfully increased these by 22%, bucking the wider economic trend. She is a member of the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce, which is Chaired by Mike Brown, Commissioner of Transport for London.
More recently, Catherine has added the Efficiency strategy to her portfolio, this is aimed at improving project delivery in transport, underpinned by improved cost benchmarking, the promotion of long-term collaborative relationships and exploiting digital technology to derive opportunities to innovate, invest and upskill to boost productivity. Prior to her current role, Catherine worked in a variety of other roles at the Department for Transport and in consultancy.
12.05 - 12.25
Delivering Social Value through Infrastructure Procurement
As the Acting Director of Frameworks, Adrian’s role is to lead, develop, improve and manage the suite of national and regional frameworks within Scape Procure. Adrian leads a team of dedicated Framework Managers, applying strategic leadership of change and innovation to ensure that the framework services provide excellence and value to the public sector.
Adrian’s previous positions at Scape were roles within Business Development and Framework Management. Prior to Scape, Adrian worked as Group Leisure Sector Lead for Willmott Dixon, and for Sport England where he led investment policy for the development and management of sports facilities within England. He is currently studying an MBA in Construction and Real Estate.