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Transforming Infrastructure Performance LIVE

Event organised by ICE

20 April 2022
15:00 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
One Great George Street
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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ICE have convened this half-day conference with the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), Construction Leadership Council (CLC), and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG), to discuss Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) and how to translate the vision into practice.

Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) is the IPA’s flagship programme to lead system change in the built environment. Its purpose is to transform how the Government and industry intervene in the built environment, to drive a step change in infrastructure performance.

The event will bring together senior government officials and industry figures to explore how the infrastructure sector can respond and deliver on the TIP programme.

Speakers including Nick Smallwood, chief executive of the IPA; Mark Thurston, chair of the ICG and chief executive of High Speed 2; and Andy Mitchell, co-chair of the CLC and chief executive of Tideway, will:

  • Outline what Transforming Infrastructure Performance is, including its roadmap to 2030, which presents a collective vision for focusing on societal outcomes
  • Discuss how infrastructure clients are embracing the programme
  • Describe how the industry value chain can support delivery of TIP


Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood

Infrastructure and Projects Authority


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Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood is the Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.

Nick is the former Vice President for Projects Engineering and Chief Projects Engineer at Shell. Nick has 40 years’ experience of managing complex project portfolios and having developed Shell’s Global Project Academy. At Shell, Nick was accountable for managing how projects were delivered and a variety of significant improvement programmes.

Nick was also a trustee of the board of the Association for Project Management (APM) until November 2019, where he contributed to the overall development of the UK’s project management profession.

The 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 Chief Executive also leads the professionalisation of the Project Delivery community in Government.

Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston



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Mark Thurston

As the CEO of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Mark has the privilege and ultimate responsibility for leading the company that has been charged with delivering a new high- speed railway that will connect the major cities of the UK.

The vision is for HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain, become the backbone of Britain’s rail network and contribute to a ‘green’ transport system that helps reduce carbon. It will better connect the country’s major cities and economic hubs and help deliver a stronger, more balanced economy, better able to compete on the global stage.

HS2 Ltd began operations in January 2009. The company currently employs around 2000 people, with its headquarters in Birmingham, and there are now some 20,000 people working on the project across the UK.

Mark joined HS2 Ltd in March 2017; he has some 30 years’ experience including leadership roles in engineering, project and programme management and business operations.

Having worked for client, consulting and delivery organisations, Mark has a successful track record across a mix of major organisations and investment programmes and worked on both the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail. He was previously the European MD of engineering and projects company CH2M.

Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground. He is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL and an honorary fellow of the Association for Project Management and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In 2019 he received an honorary doctorate of technology at the University of East London.

Andy Mitchell CBE

Andy Mitchell CBE



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Andy Mitchell CBE

Andy was previously Programme Director and board member at Crossrail. Andy has managed a number of high-profile projects both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

After 12 years working in the United Arab Emirates, France, and South Africa and on major developments such as Hong Kong Airport and the Hong Kong West Rail, he joined Network Rail in 2001.

He was Project Director for Network Rail’s Southern Power Upgrade project and was also the Major Programme Director of the Thameslink Programme.

Andy is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, former Chair of the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), and the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and since 2018 has been Co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). He was awarded the CBE for his services to Civil Engineering.

For more information please contact:

Daxa Bharadwa