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The new YPP line up with Josh seated in the front row, second from right


25 April 2018

Josh Dickerson, founding member of BWB’s technology start-up Deetu, has won a place on the National Infrastructure Commission’s new Young Professionals Panel, it was announced today.

The Associate, who is based in BWB’s Nottingham office, has been chosen as one of the final 16 panel members out of more than 500 people from across the UK who applied. Josh’s appointment was officially announced at a press conference held this morning by NIC Chairman Sir John Armitt along with Commissioner Professor Sadie Morgan and Chief Executive Phil Graham at the Churchill War Rooms in central London.

The panel is a new initiative from the NIC, which is the independent body tasked with identifying the UK’s long-term infrastructure needs and recommending to government strategies to address them. It was launched by the Commission to find the brightest and the best of the UK’s infrastructure professionals to help inform its work.

The application process had involved the completion of a written submission followed by a formal interview in London on March 23rd. Josh said: “It’s a huge honour to have been selected as one of the final panel members amongst such a strong group of young professionals. I’m now incredibly excited to bring the expertise of the Deetu team and work alongside the rest of the appointed panel to make our mark on the future of the nation’s infrastructure decisions!”

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.”

The panel will determine and agree its programme with the Commission before the summer. It is expected to meet formally at least twice a year and have the chance to contribute more widely to the Commission’s thinking.

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the NIC, 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.”

Profiles of all 16 members of the Young Professionals Panel can be viewed here