Mr Heath is currently Director of Digital Infrastructure at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). In this role he has led DCMS through the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review and Telecoms Supply Chain Review, and had overall responsibility for broadband, mobile and telecoms security policy, and the Governments 5G Trials & Testbed Programme.
Before joining DCMS in 2017, he was Director of Policy at the BBC.
Mr Heath will take up the role in May 2020.
The Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman said:
The Commission plays a key role in supporting the development of effective long term public infrastructure. I have no doubt James will be an excellent CEO, and I look forward to working closely with him.
The NIC was established in 2015 to provide the government with impartial, expert advice on major long-term infrastructure challenges.
In July 2018 the NIC published the first ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA), setting out a plan of a