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New chief exec starts on Westminster restoration programme

Sarah Johnson has taken up her position as Chief Executive of the shadow Sponsor Body, the organisation to oversee the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme.

The Programme has been established to tackle the significant work that needs to be done to protect the heritage of the Palace of Westminster and ensure it can continue to serve as home to the UK Parliament in the 21st century and beyond.

In 2018 the shadow Sponsor Body was established, to set the scope, budget and timescale of the Restoration and Renewal Programme, and oversee a Delivery Authority with the technical expertise to commission and execute the work. Johnson, who has spent the majority of her career working in senior roles in major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail and HS2 will head up the executive team which, together with a Sponsor Board, will oversee the works.

Speaking of her appointment, Johnson said: “Working on the Restoration and Renewal Programme is a huge honour for me, as it offers the opportunity to help protect one of the most iconic and best-known buildings in the world.

“The Sponsor Body’s task is immense – to transform the Palace of Westminster into a home fit for the future for our Parliament. I’m looking forward to getting down to business and am excited by the challenges ahead.”

Last week, saw Parliament pass 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.



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