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Former daily editor to advise Welsh government on infrastructure

Rob IrvineA former regional daily editor has landed a new role advising the Welsh government on infrastructure strategy.

Welsh economy and transport secretary Ken Skates has announced ex-Manchester Evening News editor Rob Irvine, left, as a member of the 12-person strong National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.

The commission has been established as a non-statutory, advisory body to provide advice and recommendations to the Welsh Ministers on the economic and environmental infrastructure needs of Wales over five to thirty years.

It will also consider the interactions of these needs with ‘social infrastructure’, such as schools, hospitals and housing.

Rob was in charge of the MEN between 2012 and March this year. Prior to his time in Manchester, he edited the North Wales Daily Post.

In a post on Twitter about his new role, Rob said: “I’m very pleased to be appointed commissioner for the new National Infrastructure Commission for Wales.”

Mr Skates said: “The calibre of candidates who came forward for this role through the public appointments process was high and I want to thank all those who took the time to express their interest

“I’m delighted to appoint a group of commissioners with such expertise and experience. I look forward to receiving their advice and am convinced they will make a major contribution to Wales‘ well-being through improved infrastructure.”