Dale Evans to become Chair of Infrastructure Client Group

Dale Evans, Managing Director of @one Alliance, the collaborative organisation of Anglian Water and key supply-chain partners, has been named as the new Chair of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG).

He will replace outgoing Chair, Andrew Mitchell, Chief Executive of Tideway, who held the post for four years before opting to step down. Mr Mitchell will continue to chair the i3P Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform, an endeavour that focuses on improving productivity in all aspects of UK infrastructure.

The ICG was established under the Institution of Civil Engineer's (ICE) guidance, and in partnership with the Infrastructure UK, now the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA). It works to improve productivity of the construction sector and help to deliver better outcomes from investment in infrastructure.

Dale Evans, incoming chair of the ICG said:

“I’m looking forward to working with the ICG and continuing the good work that Andrew Mitchell has done. I’m taking the chair at an exciting time as we see the Project 13 Community grow and have a real opportunity to reshape the way infrastructure is delivered. I know from my time at @one Alliance what is possible from new ways of working and moving away from older models.”

Nick Baveystock, Director General of the ICE, said:

“I am delighted that Dale Evans will be chairing the ICG. The Group was set up to improve the delivery of major infrastructure projects in this country and it has a key role to play in influencing the future of the engineering and construction industries. Under Andy Mitchell’s leadership over four years it has gone from strength to strength and I would like to thank him, on behalf of the Group, for all that he has done.”

Jim Crawford, Managing Director of HS2 Phase One will be Vice-Chair of the ICG.

The ICG addresses client organisation and supply chain issues. These are often barriers to innovation and sustainability of the supply chain and significant drivers for higher cost. So far, opportunities to reduce costs and deliver greater value have been identified. These include:

  • improving the commissioning, procurement and delivery of projects
  • more effective collaboration at all levels of the infrastructure supply chain

The latest initiative from the ICG, The Project 13 community, is aiming to change the industry away from a transactional approach to a new long-term, value driven approach – and it is backed by big industry hitters.

Drawing heavily on the experience of regulated utilities in delivering both projects and programmes, the Project 13 model aims to overcome the series of disparate relationships between owners and suppliers that directly affect both productivity and performance.

More information on the ICG can be found on the ICE website at ice.org.uk/about-ice/what-we-do/infrastructure-client-group