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Home > News and Events > New Non-Executive Director for the NDA  

New Non-Executive Director for the NDA

06 March 2013

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey has appointed a new Non-Executive Director to the NDA's Board following Alistair Wivell's completion of his four-year term in office. 

Tom Smith is a former diplomat and senior executive with many years experience of working on major infrastructure projects. 

NDA Chairman Stephen Henwood said: "I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Alistair who is standing down after making an extremely valuable contribution to the organisation. I wish him all the best for the future. 

"This is an important time for our organisation as we increase our focus on delivery and performance. The new non-executive director will bring a range of skills and experience which will be particularly valuable to the NDA. It is a testament to the progress we are making that we are able to attract high-quality candidates who want to contribute to our mission." 

Mr Smith, who has extensive experience of the interface between Government and the business community, is currently Chair of the Association of Train Operating Companies and a former Managing Director of Midland Expressway Ltd, where he oversaw development of the UK's first, and only, private toll motorway. An Oxford chemistry graduate, Mr Smith started his career in the diplomatic service, specialising in China and European affairs, before moving to major infrastructure projects. 

Meanwhile, Janette Brown and Patrick Dixon, who were appointed in 2009, will serve further three-year terms.