Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Nick Smallwood


Nick Smallwood is the Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.

Nick is the former Vice President for Projects Engineering and Chief Projects Engineer at Shell. He joins the IPA with 37 years’ experience of managing complex project portfolios and having developed Shell’s Global Project Academy. At Shell, Nick was accountable for managing how projects were delivered and a variety of significant improvement programmes.

Nick was also a trustee of the board of the Association for Project Management (APM) until November 2019, where he contributed to the overall development of the UK’s project management profession.

Chief Executive, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

The Chief Executive leads the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, which reports jointly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

This includes overseeing the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which contains projections of £600bn of public and private infrastructure investment, and supporting the Government’s Major Projects Portfolio, which contains around 150 of the Government’s most complex and high risk projects. The Chief Executive also leads the professionalisation of the Project Delivery community in Government.

Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Cabinet Office