The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Structuring Governance and Assurance [Short course]

A pioneering 4 day short course which will immerse you in new thinking about the governance and assurance of major infrastructure projects.

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Delivered with world-leading academics and practitioners, you will come away equipped with the principles and practical skills to design and implement successful governance and integrated assurance structures.

As part of the programme you will hear first-hand from senior leaders (e.g. Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers), learn and be engaged through stimulating learning based on the latest research and cutting edge case studies.

  • Corporate governance
  • Project governance
  • Internal and external governance structures
  • Interface governance, risk and assurance
  • Risk management and the culture of risk
  • Funding landscape and governance
  • Assurance strategies
  • External assurance
  • Integrated and progressive assurance
  • Formation and composition of boards
  • Data analytics to enhance governance
  • IPA Project Routemap: Governance module

Our aim is to train and inspire the next generation of major infrastructure leaders

Enjoy learning

Delivered through a combination of seminars, guest lectures and interactive exercises, take part in stimulating and intensive learning alongside a diverse group of contributors from major infrastructure projects.

Gain real world knowledge and practical tools

Apply theory and gain knowledge from practical case studies to support decision making.

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Course Director: Professor Sue Kershaw

Managing Director Transportation at Costain

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Sue has a strong track record for driving complex, high profile transport and construction programmes to delivery. She is currently president of the Association for Project Management, a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and a Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London.

Before joining Costain, Sue was managing director, Infrastructure Advisory Group at KPMG. Prior to that she was UK infrastructure head of programme management for KPMG Major Projects Advisory. Previous positions include director of rail, Europe at CH2M and deputy director of transport for the Olympic Delivery Authority. Sue is a civil engineer and started her career with Taylor Woodrow.

Guest Lecturers 


Mark Wild

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Crossrail. Mark has had more than 30 years leading complex and critical infrastructure. A chartered electrical engineer he started his career in the electricity sector, but the majority of his experience has been in transportation. He has had a long career in operating and building major transportation infrastructure. He is the former Managing Director of Westinghouse Signals and was the CEO of Public Transport Victoria. Mark has also been the Managing Director of London Underground. In December 2018 he was appointed CEO of Crossrail, one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects.

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Nick Smallwood

Nick Smallwood is the Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Head of Government’s Project Delivery Function.

Nick is the former Vice President for Projects Engineering and Chief Projects Engineer at Shell. Nick has 40 years experience of managing complex project portfolios and having developed Shell’s Global Project Academy. At Shell, Nick was accountable for managing how projects were delivered and a variety of significant improvement programmes.

Nick was also a trustee of the board of the Association for Project Management (APM) until November 2019, where he contributed to the overall development of the UK’s project management profession.

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Paul Nightingale

Paul is Professor of Strategy at the University of Sussex and was Deputy Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). Paul is the original Principal Investigator of Project X, an ESRC funded research collaboration between government, academia, and industry to transform the performance of major projects and programmes. He is one of the UK editors of Research Policy, the leading international innovation studies journal. Previously, Paul was Director of Special Projects with the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Peter Strickland

Peter has 30+ years of experience in commercial management. He started his career in major building projects within the UK and then gained experience working on major projects based in the Middle East. Since, he has moved back to leading Major Infrastructure Projects within the UK such as Crossrail, where he has been the commercial lead for three of their complex projects. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and, after joining Costain 8 years ago, is currently the Commercial Managing Director for the High Speed 2 Main Works S1 & S2 Contract which is delivered as a JV (Skanksa, Costain & Strabag) within an integrated delivery model.

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The Structuring Governance and Assurance Course is supported by and developed in consultation with an External Advisory Group of leading individuals, passionate about pushing Major Infrastructure Delivery forward. Their involvement ensures that the programme is rooted in real-world aims, actions and successes.

External Advisory Board

Peter Hansford – Former Chief Construction Adviser, UK Government. Chair, UCL Major Infrastructure Delivery External Advisory Board.

Andy Mitchell – Chief Executive Officer, Thames Tideway Tunnel

John Pelton MBEProgramme Director Jacobs. Currently Programme Partner Director for the East West Rail programme.

Julia Prescot – Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam Infrastructure. Commissioner, UK National Infrastructure Commission

Mark Thurston – Chief Executive Officer, High Speed Two

Martin BuckSenior Adviser Agilia Infrastructure Partners. Expert Adviser Governance, Crossrail International. Former Commercial Director, Crossrail

Dr Michèle Dix CBE Board Director Major Projects Association; Non-Executive Director Crossrail International; former Managing Director Crossrail 2 and former Managing Director Crossrail 2, Transport for London. 

Nick Smallwood – Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Phil Wilbraham – Former Programme Director, Heathrow Expansion

Sue Kershaw – Managing Director of Transportation, Costain

Structure of the course

The Structuring Governance and Assurance course is a 4-day executive programme delivered in person at UCL Executive Education Facilities. The programme is intensive and concentrates 30 hours of learning in 4 days.

Learning model

This is an executive education course based on case-studies. The course is informed by cutting edge scientific thinking and innovative case-studies of practices leading the agenda in global major infrastructure projects.

Cohort size

The cohort size is limited to 30 executives. The course follows the peer-to-peer discussion based on case-studies between executives and leading speakers, emphasising practices and lessons from their own projects.


This course is ideal to candidates with at least 5 years of experience in leadership positions in major infrastructure projects, which often involves managing teams and strategic transformations. This will maximise your learning based on strategic discussions with your cohort.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.