WSP principal engineer Alison Caldwell is to become a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s new Young Professionals Panel (YPP).

This new initiative from the Commission, the independent body tasked with advising government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure, aims to ensure a strong voice for the next generation of infrastructure leaders for the country. The Panel will support the Commission across a wide range of infrastructure programmes as well as developing their own ideas to enhance long-term infrastructure for the UK.

Based in WSP’s Birmingham office Alison has been working on large scale water projects in the region including the redevelopment of Longbridge Town Centre where she improved the biodiversity and water quality of the River Rea. Current projects include water modelling for both HS2 Curzon Street and HS2 Phase 1.

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

“The Commission exists to identify what infrastructure the country needs up to 2050. So it’s right we give the next generation of infrastructure leaders a say in our work. I look forward to working with these young professionals, some of whom could end up designing and managing world-leading infrastructure built as a result of Commission recommendations.”

Professor Sadie Morgan, Commissioner and chair of the YPP Selection Panel, said:

“The selection team was blown away by the quality of the short-listed candidates. It was tough choosing from over 500 fantastic entries, but in these sixteen young professionals we have a passionate and diverse group which I hope will inspire the Commission with their creative ideas about the UK’s future infrastructure needs.”

Phil Graham, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, said:

“An important aim for the Commission has always been to broaden our reach and find ways to engage new and different groups in our work. The Young Professionals Panel is a fantastic example of this bringing together talented individuals from different professions, backgrounds and regions to provide fresh perspectives on the country’s infrastructure challenges.”

Alison Caldwell, principal engineer in the development team at WSP said:

“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been selected to be part of the National Infrastructure Commission panel and I’m excited to have the opportunity to explore new ideas and provide fresh perspective on our nation’s infrastructure.  I hope to challenge the status quo on our approach to water management, raising awareness of the opportunities of embracing water and bringing integrated flood risk infrastructure to the top of the agenda.”

The Commission launched this initiative in December 2017 to find the brightest and the best of the UK’s infrastructure professionals to inform its work. Part of its role is to be open to new approaches and ideas and the Panel exists to draw on the creativity and enthusiasm of young professionals from a wide range of sectors who are building their careers.

The YPP members were selected from 30 candidates who in turn had been shortlisted from over 500 entries.



Notes for Editors

The 16 members represent a range of professions and backgrounds and are from across the UK. Before the summer, the Panel will determine and agree its programme with the Commission. It is expected to meet formally at least twice a year and have the chance to contribute more widely to the Commission’s thinking. This could be, for example, by acting as a challenge panel for aspects of the Commission’s work, undertaking its own research on specific issues, or leading stakeholder events.

About the National Infrastructure Commission:

The Commission aims to be the UK’s most credible, forward thinking and influential voice on infrastructure policy and strategy. Established in 2016 to advise the Government on the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs up to 2050, its objective is to support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK, improve competitiveness, and improve quality of life for everyone. The Commission publishes its first National Infrastructure Assessment this summer.

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