New panel formed to drive northern infrastructure policy

ICE has formed a Northern Powerhouse Panel to help inform infrastructure policy across the North of England.

Panel Chairman Richard Threlfall, Head of Infrastructure at KPMG
Panel Chairman Richard Threlfall, Head of Infrastructure at KPMG

The panel, a group of leading infrastructure and policy experts, held its first meeting at KPMG's offices in Leeds on Monday. At the meeting, the panel members set out their key objectives, designed to get the best infrastructure solutions from the Northern Powerhouse.

It aims to ensure the Northern Powerhouse is more than Manchester and considers the North in its entirety, and to shape the implementation of the initiative, drawing upon local expertise and experience.

Chair of the panel, Richard Threlfall, Head of Infrastructure at KPMG, said: "The ICE can draw on the vast expertise of its membership to inform the development of infrastructure priorities under the Northern Powerhouse initiative, and to ensure that its benefits are felt throughout the north."

Penny Marshall, Regional Director of ICE in Yorkshire and Humber and the North East, added: "Forming the Northern Powerhouse Panel gives the ICE the opportunity to make practical and positive contributions to the future of infrastructure in the North East and Yorkshire. Working with stakeholders across the North, the panel will add to our own work on the Northern Powerhouse, contribute to the National Infrastructure Commission's call for evidence on northern transport connectivity, and engage with decision makers."

Darrell Matthews, Regional Director for ICE in the North West added: "ICE has involved experts from all parts of the north of England, to ensure there is a balanced view of priorities, and that we add to the debate from a position of knowledge and experience."