Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Body: HM Treasury
Appointing Department: HM Treasury
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Communities, Energy, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Science & Technology, Transport
Location: London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: The Commissioners of the NIC will be paid an annual fee of £20,000. Reasonable travel expenses and subsistence will be reimbursed where appropriate, but the role is not pensionable.
Time Requirements: Two days per month, to include attendance at Commission meetings and other activities relevant to the Commission.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


The Panel sift will take place on 1 September 2021. Interviews will take place w/c 13th September and w/c 20th September.


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Role purpose

The Commissioners of the NIC have a unique opportunity to look at the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs, make recommendations to the government, and influence the government’s infrastructure priorities. Commissioners have a strong influence on government across multiple sectors, making links and shaping future infrastructure networks. Commissioners are leaders in their field, with senior level experience in a specific infrastructure sector such as energy or digital communications, or a related field such as economics, engineering or project finance. Current Commissioners are drawn from the worlds of policy, economics, engineering, technology, academia, business and architecture. We are looking to recruit up to three Commissioners with experience in the energy sector, in the relationship between infrastructure and the environment, or with experience in infrastructure policy at local or regional level.


  • Providing expert, impartial advice to the government on infrastructure.
  • Working with the Chair and other Commissioners to shape and develop the 2023 National Infrastructure Assessment and specific studies.
  • Bringing specific skills or experience from particular sectors to the NIC.
  • Engaging with the government, industry, interest groups and other stakeholders to promote the NIC and gather a wide range of views on future infrastructure.
  • Occasional media and conference engagements.


Person Specification


  • Ability to provide robust, independent advice to the government.
  • Ability to consider the long-term development of the UK’s infrastructure landscape, including through assessing complex information, analysis and views from diverse stakeholders.
  • Clear communication of complex issues.
  • Understanding of the government’s infrastructure objectives and the wider policy, delivery and finance landscape.



  • A leading specialist in their field, with senior level experience in a specific infrastructure sector, or a sector relevant to infrastructure policy, planning or delivery.
  • At least one appointee will have experience in infrastructure project delivery.
  • Track record of communicating and influencing at senior levels.
  • Experience of representing organisations in public and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in environmental issues, infrastructure at a local or regional level, or the energy sector in relation to economic infrastructure.


How to Apply

The recruitment process is being undertaken by Odgers Berndtson on behalf of HM Treasury and the National Infrastructure Commission. If you wish to apply for this position, please supply the following:

  • A comprehensive CV setting out your career history, with responsibilities and achievements.
  • A covering letter (maximum two sides of A4) highlighting your suitability and setting out how you meet the person specification. Please note that the covering letter is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.
  • Diversity Monitoring Form – Once you have completed your application, you will be sent an automatically generated email asking you to complete a Diversity Monitoring Form. Your Diversity Monitoring Form will be stored separately from your application and will play no part in the selection process.
  • Disability Confident Scheme, Political Activity, and Conflict of Interest questionnaire – This can be found by visiting: Please download the form and return to:

The preferred method of application is online at:  

If you are unable to apply via the website, please email your application to:

All applications will receive a response.

If you would like an informal conversation about this role, please contact Odgers Berndtson: Laura Spurgin on +44 20 7529 1072 or

Due Diligence 

Please note that due diligence will be carried out on shortlisted candidates. Candidates should expect this to include searches of previous public statements and social media, blogs or any other publicly available information. Prior to interview, you will be asked to provide details of two professional referees together with a brief statement of the capacity and over what period of time they have known you.


HM Treasury and the NIC share a strong commitment to equality and diversity. Both aim to be open and inclusive organisations, recruiting and retaining diverse, talented and high performing people who support and develop one another.

Infrastructure touches every citizen of the country, so it is important that NIC employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking.

HM Treasury and the NIC are Disability Confident Leaders which means they are recognised as employers that are confident and leading the way in recruiting and retaining staff with disabilities. An interview will be offered to any applicants with a disability who have indicated that they wish to take part in the disability confident scheme, provided they meet the essential criteria for the post set out in the person specification.

HM Treasury and the NIC are committed to being Equal Opportunities Employers. We wish to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and appointed solely on their suitability for the role. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you to discuss what adjustments can be made to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever the type of assessment used.

If you need any reasonable adjustments to take part in the selection process, please tell us about this in your online application form. If you would like to speak to the recruitment team at Odgers Berndtson regarding this, you can contact them on:

Laura Spurgin, Consultant: or +44 20 7529 1072

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