Former Shell engineer to head government's multi-billion pound infrastructure portfolio

The government has appointed a former employee of oil and gas firm Shell as chief executive of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA).

Nick Smallwood, who was vice president for projects engineering and chief projects engineer at Shell, will take up the post in August, according to the government.

The IPA is the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects, reporting jointly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister for the Cabinet Office. It oversees the government’s Major Projects Portfolio, which contains around 150 of the government’s biggest and most complex projects, and the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which contains projections of £600bn of public and private infrastructure investment.

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