Working Group - Infrastructure
This group looks at the long term view on policy and projects regarding national infrastructure and how industry can respond in a timely manner to ensure delivery matches targets. Having a longer term view of the issues could help us develop consistent, transparent, and agile processes which meet the task goals and the legislative framework.
Government policy in areas such as Fibre ,5G and 5G backhaul, EV Charging, energy network expansion, Heat Networks, etc have all largely been market led policies requiring the industry to respond positively and provide optimum delivery mechanisms for these technology enhancements.
HAUC(UK) needs to develop better working relationships with those developing policy so it can fully understand the vision of the overall direction of travel, its implications, volumes, and legal challenges. Understanding the long term aims we can develop a risk register and develop work programmes centred on risk mitigation to allow the industry to be in a better state of readiness. The possibility of HAUC(UK) developing an infrastructure toolkit and remove some of the “one size fits all” barriers the industry faces, would also be beneficial.
- Governance. HAUC(UK) are leading the group with the Joint Chairs of HAUC(UK) . JAG(UK) and SWUK will the secretariat function. Representatives are from 4 national areas of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Reps from DSIT, DfT, BEIS Regulatory Bodies. There may be others that are needed depending on the issues under discussion.
- Develop standard terms of reference and scope.
- Develop collective picture of growth items.
- Communicating the challenges
- Encourage and facilitate effective communications
- Developing potential solutions.
- Understanding the legal challenge
- Developing guidance (Infrastructure Toolkit)
- Development of a risk register
Projects from Policy
From each policy strand, along side the risk register we would look to develop some standard assessment focusing on;
- Volume and project type
- Network demands in terms of utility and Highway Assets
- Substructure, (substructure congestion is becoming an issue)
- Technical specification. This is in terms of the substructure and the relative position of new assets within the standard depth protocol
- Understanding the asset owner and who maintains
- Access to the highway
CEO JAG(UK) and Co-Chair of HAUC(UK)
David Capon is the JAG(UK) Manager and has worked extensively with the JAG(UK) community in delivering improved communications, management of the network and local knowledge and expertise. Most notably, Dave has played a central role in the delivering of the permit legislation, guidance and operational advice. He has made a significant contribution to the finalisation of government sponsored Codes of Practice, regulations and impact assessments.
Dave regularly engages with the DfT, devolved Governments, Network Rail, Highways England, statutory undertakers and local authorities to deliver continuous improvement to the community. He works hard to support members authorities by: attending regular national, regional and local meetings, providing an on-line library of existing legislation, regulations, procedures and guidance for authorities and their officers, acting as an online advisory service and providing prompt guidance on emerging issues and delivering a focused approach as part of the GeoPlace/Local Government Association family.
Clive Bairsto – Street Works UK Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chair of HAUC(UK)
Clive has a background rooted in utilities, defence, security, and education leadership in the private, public and not for profit sectors. From 2012 to 2017, Clive was Global Head of Resilience at National Grid, a role covering all UK and US assets, and a then-workforce of over 27,000 people. In this role, Clive represented National Grid at the UK’s Energy Emergencies Executive Committee (E3C) and the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready Scotland’, while directing interaction with the myriad of regional authority fora and groupings in the UK and north-east USA.
Running up to this, Clive was Director of Integration and Readiness for the London 2012 Olympics, within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. He directed the strategic level training, risk assessment, integration, reporting and readiness of LOCOG, Transport, Security, the Mayor’s office and several other government departments and supporting bodies. Preceding this, Clive was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force, serving as Head of International Policy and Planning, and was the Ministry of Defence’s worldwide Director of Strategic Contingency Planning in the period of the Arab uprising. He commanded at every level culminating in regional base Leuchars, in Fife, where he also acted as the Air Officer for Scotland interacting regularly with Scottish Government at official and political level.