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Rail infrastructure investment inquiry: specialist advisor

13 December 2017

The House of Commons Transport Select Committee is inviting applications from individuals interested in being appointed specialist advisor to its rail infrastructure investment inquiry.

The Transport Committee is responsible for examining the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies. It is made up of eleven Members of Parliament drawn from four parties.

Rail infrastructure investment inquiry

The Committee has launched an inquiry into the planning and delivery of rail infrastructure and is looking for a specialist advisor to assist in its scrutiny. Applicants should be prepared to provide expert advice to Committee members and staff on request on matters related to the inquiry terms of reference, both in writing and in oral presentations. In particular, such advice could include: reading and commenting on written evidence, suggesting witnesses for oral evidence, and helping with the preparation of briefing notes and a draft report.

Chair's comment

Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the Transport Committee, said:

"Through their expertise, specialist advisors can help ensure that the Committee is in a position to collect and analyse the best possible evidence - and in turn, produce a considered and high impact report. Working with the Committee also allows specialist advisors to get an inside understanding of its role and that of Parliament more generally."

The role

The successful applicant will:

  • have a profound understanding of public policy issues relating to rail infrastructure, and in particular, the issues set out in the terms of reference. This expertise is likely to have been gained through recent and significant experience within the rail industry;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills, including demonstrable experience of working with politicians and/or senior decision makers;
  • be able to attend Committee meetings in London when required to do so and work to tight deadlines; and
  • respect the confidentiality of Committee proceedings

Information about the appointment:

  • the appointment is likely to last for around 6-9 months. Work demands from the Committee are likely to be irregular and coincide with preparing for oral evidence sessions and drafting the report. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be asked to work more than one day a week and in general it would be less than this;
  • specialist advisers are paid for the days they work plus expenses. Rates are dependent upon experience and knowledge;
  • specialist advisor appointments are in the public domain: and
  • applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Application process

Anyone who is interested in taking this role is asked to send a CV, covering letter and declaration of relevant interest to by 5pm on Friday 5 January 2018. The covering letter should address how your expertise is relevant to the inquiry terms of reference and your availability for Committee work, including your ability to take on work at short notice.

Your declaration of interests should include anything that a reasonable person might consider could influence the advice you give the Committee. This could include, for instance, a relevant financial interest, active membership of a relevant campaign group or political party, or the involvement of a close family member in the area of specialism. Declared interest from successful applicants will be published.

The Committee values diversity and encourages applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

For further information, please contact Gordon Clarke, Clerk, on 020 7219 6242 or

Further information

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