UK Infrastructure Bank appoints new Chief of Communications and External Affairs

The Bank has today announced the appointment of Mark Devane as its new Chief of Communications and External Affairs

20 September 2022

UK Infrastructure Bank appoints new Chief of Communications and External Affairs as it implements its new strategy and aims to recruit hundreds of staff outside of London.

Mark brings with him extensive experience following a 25-year career, spanning communications across Government, the BBC and higher education, as well as a background in journalism. He will join the Bank later in the year from the University of Leeds where he is currently Director of Communications and Engagement, having previously worked on the Climate Change Bill and the introduction of the UK’s first legally binding carbon emission reduction targets.

Mark will be based in Leeds and use his wide range of experience to further develop core relationships and play a leading role in building the Bank’s reputation as it delivers on its mission to tackle climate change and encourage local and regional economic growth across the UK. He will also provide expertise and leadership to enable the Bank to accelerate the development of its external profile and brand as the organisation grows.

The Bank is currently undertaking a significant recruitment drive and will employ around 300 people to help deliver its mission by 2023. Around 90% of staff will be based outside of London in line with the Bank’s commitments to boosting growth across the UK, with the majority based at its Leeds headquarters.

On the appointment, John Flint, CEO of the UK Infrastructure Bank, said

"Partnership and collaboration are absolutely vital to delivering the Bank’s mission, and Mark’s appointment will be crucial to building on the great relationships we have begun during our first year.

"As we undertake a large-scale recruitment and implement our strategic plan, Mark’s extensive experience will be instrumental in helping us build our external reputation and share our message with the country. I and the team at the Bank are all looking forward to working with him."

Mark Devane, Chief of Communications and External Affairs, said:

"I am grateful to be given this opportunity to work for an organisation that is helping tackle two of the most profound challenges we face – climate change and boosting growth across the UK. Both are highly complex issues, with multiple stakeholders. I am sure working on them will be stretching, yet massively rewarding. I can’t wait to join the team and get started."

Once Mark joins later in the year, he will lead the Communications and Engagement team and act as a spokesperson for the Bank. Any media queries should be addressed to

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