New Chief Exec for Houses of Parliament Refurbishment

THE DELIVERY AUTHORITY for the restoration of the Houses of Parliament has been given a new Chief Executive to head up the team of architects, engineers, project managers, conservation specialists and contractors.

David Goldstone is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), where he is in charge of the delivery of the Department’s transformation programme and the development of its Operating Model. He is also a member of the Boards of each Military Command and of Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

The appointment was made by the Delivery Authority Chair-Designate with the consent of the shadow Sponsor Board. David is expected to take up his new role in April.

Mike Brown, currently Commissioner of Transport for London (TfL),is set to join as Chair of the Board for the Delivery Authority in May. David will also sit on the Board of the Delivery Authority as one of two executive directors.

Significant Work

Last year Parliament passed The Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Act 2019 which sets out in law how the work will be carried out under this two-tier governance system.

The legislation provides for a six-month transition period, with the governing bodies being set up in the Spring of 2020. The structure is similar to the 2012 London Olympics and other successful infrastructure projects.

The roof is made up of cast iron tiles on a wrought iron structure – an innovative solution in the 19th century.

Prior to his role at the MoD, David was the Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, where he was responsible for the delivery of the regeneration legacy from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

David Goldstone said of his appointment: ”I am hugely excited at the prospect of leading the delivery of this historic project to protect and renew the home of our parliamentary democracy and much-cherished symbol of our national identity.”

Liz Peace, Chair of the shadow Sponsor Board, said of David’s appointment: “We welcome the wealth of expertise and skills that David will bring from his time at the helm of major UK public-sector investment programmes.

“He has an exemplary track record of delivery and his appointment is an enormous boost to the Restoration and Renewal Programme.”

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