Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group

This includes all maintenance, renewal, upgrades and major projects, but not operational issues or the activities of Crossrail Ltd.

The IIPAG considers issues of economy, efficiency and value for money in preparing its advice. Members are:

Alison Munro (Chair)

Alison was the first Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, from 2009, and then Managing Director for Phase Two of HS2. Her previous career was largely in the Department for Transport, where she held a number of senior positions including leading strategic roads policy, local authority capital investment funding, sponsorship of HS1, preparation of transport elements of the GLA Act, and airports policy.

Alison is also a Non-Executive Director of Ofwat (the Water Services Regulator), and the Chair of Ofwat's Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. She is also the Chair of the National College for High Speed Rail. She is a strategic advisor to HS2 Ltd.

Alison was appointed CBE in 2017 for services to the railway industry.

Simon Collins

Simon is a chartered civil and structural engineer with over 35 years of experience in the management, design and construction of transport infrastructure projects in both highways and rail. Specialising originally in the design of bridges and structures, his career has also included tunnel design and maintenance, and the development of systems for whole-life costing and the long-term prediction of asset condition and performance.

Before joining IIPAG he spent his career in engineering consultancies, including Mouchel, Sinclair Knight Merz and Jacobs, where he was responsible for the development and direction of consultancy businesses operating across a areas including multi-disciplinary design, asset management and project delivery. He has also worked in other countries including Turkey, Kuwait and Russia.

As an external expert to TfL he has supported several integrated assurance reviews of programmes and projects.

Jonathan Simcock

Jonathan is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer. After his degree at Imperial College he worked in engineering, maintenance, project and production management in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. He then took on commercial roles which led to deal-making across five continents.

In 2007 he joined the board of the Office of Government Commerce in Her Majesty's Treasury to lead work on major projects and programmes. After another spell leading the manufacturing function of a global industrial business he returned to the world of UK government projects as Managing Director of Smart DCC Ltd, the company which provides the national data and communications infrastructure for Great Britain's smart metering project.

He now holds a portfolio of non-executive and advisory positions.

Joanne White

Joanne has spent her entire career in large scale, complex, strategic infrastructure development and delivery both internationally and domestically. She is an experienced manager of multi-billion pound programmes and has worked as both a contractor and an owner.

For a large part of her career, Joanne worked for the Bechtel Corporation mostly in oil and gas and civil investment projects and programmes. She has worked as a procurement and contracts manager and has led large multi-cultural construction organisations overseas. Joanne also worked for Heathrow Airport as the Programme Director for its new Terminal 2 during the main development and delivery period.

Joanne ran her own consultancy for several years providing high level advice to boards and senior executives and was a regular high risk project reviewer for the UK Government Infrastructure Projects Authority.