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Lloyd Biddell
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Head of Cost Intelligence, Highways England
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Lloyd Biddell is the Head of Cost Intelligence at Highways England (formerly Highways Agency) and joined the company in 2002. He is responsible for implementing Project Bank Accounts across 50 projects, with a combined value of over £20bn. He was also Chair of the Cabinet Office Fair Payment Working Group (previously known as the Project Bank Account Working Group) between 2014-2017, which advised the UK government on implementation and policy issues. Lloyd has assisted a number of bodies across the UK and further afield, including local authorities, Welsh and Scottish devolved governments, UK central government departments and several Australian states. He has written a number of articles and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. In 2020 he was responsible for designing and deploying a new bespoke web-based PBA tracking tool that not only follows speed of payment to lower tiers, but also derives additional intelligence through activity-based metrics.

Away from Project Bank Accounts, Lloyd was responsible for evidencing the successful delivery of progress against the £1.2bn efficiency target in the first Road investment strategy between 2015 and 2020. He also leads the development of cost intelligence models that allow the company to compare the price base of current and historic schemes. This includes leading the financial assessment of a number of contracts, including the development phase of Lower Thames Crossing and A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge); both £1bn+ major schemes. Prior to this he was among the first to implement Applications and Certificates (known as Apps & Certs), which allowed contractors to directly upload monthly payment certificates to the client payment system, resulting in a halving of the monthly payment cycle and £1bn of annual payments. During 2019-20 he worked with RICS to make Highways England the first major organisation in the UK to adopt the International Construction Measurement Standard (ICMS). This allows Highways England to benchmark their unit costs against other construction organisations using a common reporting structure.

Company biography

Highways England is a government-owned company created in 2015, which is responsible for operating, maintaining and improving the strategic road network across England. The network comprises some 4,300 miles and, while only representing 2% of total road length in England, it is responsible for carrying a third of all traffic miles and two thirds of heavy goods traffic.

As part of the government strategy to support economic growth, some £11.2bn of funding was allocated to deliver the Roads investment strategy between 2015 and 2020, with a further investment of £27.4bn between 2020 and 2025. Prior to the company being created in 2015, the network was maintained by Highways Agency; an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.