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PA Consulting’s Ann Zhang selected to shape the future of UK infrastructure

PA Consulting (PA), the global innovation and transformation consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, announces one of its principal consultants, Ann Zhang, has been appointed Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel.

Ann, a consultant in PA’s economics and investment strategy division, was selected from over 100 candidates to lead a panel of 10 young professionals to help shape the future of the UK’s infrastructure. Its purpose is to build a stronger voice for younger infrastructure creators and users in the Commission’s work, at a time of increased focus on infrastructure as a key engine of economic recovery.

Over the next two years, Panel members will be asked to help improve the Commission’s engagement with younger generations and contribute to the decision-making process guiding the Commission’s work.

Ann Zhang commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity to help shape the future of infrastructure. Infrastructure affects every part of our lives and the decisions we make today will define the legacy we leave to younger generations. The work of the panel will help to ensure that those who are most affected have a strong voice in these decisions.” 

“It’s also a great forum for meeting people that you may not come across in the normal workplace. Many of my fellow panel members work at the coalface and their insights are already helping me to develop a more holistic view that will strengthen the advice we provide to our clients.”

Christian Norris, head economist at PA Consulting added: “Infrastructure has the potential to transform the country for the better; from levelling up, increasing jobs and achieving net zero. We are delighted that Ann will be supporting the National Infrastructure Commission at this critical time. Ann has extensive experience driving smarter investments across UK social and economic infrastructure.”

The new Young Professionals Panel, with its members representing different sectors and professionals including engineers, economists and planners, will contribute to the commission’s thinking through participation in commission meetings and workshops with the secretariat and other stakeholders on themes relevant to the commission’s current programme of work.

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