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:

Kenny Laird

Kenny's career in the railway industry began in 1979 when he was a trainee with British Rail in the London Region Civil Engineer's Department.

Kenny worked on the original London Crossrail project, from 1992 to 1994, and then was Head of Projects at Railtrack PLC, Managing Director of ADtranz Signal UK. He went on to work with several engineering consultancies including Jacobs Engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Parsons Transportation.

During his time with the engineering consultancies Kenny was the Programme Director on a number of high profile rail projects in the USA, Manchester Metro expansion and Dubai Metro Red Line Extension (Expo 2020). Kenny also spent time with TfL as part of the sub-surface lines upgrade programme team.

David Meyer

David is a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the BCS. He has been a central government Chief Information Officer and, before that, a senior army officer of the Royal Corps of Signals. 

He has led strategic change programmes as Senior Responsible Owner within the Foreign Office, MOD and the British Army, and delivered operational ICT services in those organisations over many years. 

He now works on cyber risk and programme management. He also chairs industry and Ofcom bodies covering technology issues involving use of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Chris Shoukry

Chris is an experienced project and program manager and expert assurance reviewer of large complex public and private sector projects and programs. She is also a professional public sector procurement and contract manager.

Her background in construction and ICT includes more than 35 years of work in major project and programme procurement and project management.

After a 20-year project management career in UK Energy industry, Chris was project manager for the Oyster card. She now runs her own ICT consultancy company as well as being a regular Assurance Team Leader for High Risk Projects for the UK Government Infrastructure Projects Authority (Cabinet Office). She also carries out a similar role for the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments, for the UK Department for Transport and for Highways England.

On the international stage she is an accredited Assurance Review Leader for the Australian ACT, Victorian and NSW Governments and the New Zealand Government.

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.