HS2 appoint Dame Judith Hackitt and Stephen Hughes as directors

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Chris Grayling has announced the appointments of Dame Judith Hackitt and Stephen Hughes to the board as non-executive directors (NEDs) on the board of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

Both candidates bring with them a strong set of experience to help guide the construction of the largest infrastructure project in Europe.

Alongside these new announcements, the Secretary of State also for Transport announced the re-appointment of 2 existing NEDs – Ed Smith and Roger Mountford – for a further 3 years.

It has also been announced that Andrew Wolstenholme has left the board of HS2 Ltd, having served on the board since June 2018.

Chris Grayling, transport secretary, said: “The appointments of Dame Hackitt and Stephen Hughes will ensure that HS2 Ltd continues to have a world-class leadership team under Allan Cook CBE. I am also delighted that Ed and Roger will continue in their roles.

“Their collective wisdom and expertise will be invaluable in overseeing the construction of one of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects, ensuring we deliver on the opportunity of huge economic growth for the north and Midlands and improved journeys for passengers right across the country.”

Allan Cook CBE, Chair of HS2 Ltd, added: “Serving over 25 towns from Scotland to the south-east, HS2 links nearly half of the UK population. By better connecting the country it will boost economic growth and improve journeys for millions of people. With work on the first phase now well underway, I’m pleased to welcome Dame Judith and Stephen to the HS2 Ltd board.”

Dame Judith Hackitt, said: “Modernisation of our national infrastructure is vitally important for future growth and prosperity and the development and delivery of HS2 is an essential part of that. I am very much looking forward to joining the HS2 Ltd board and being part of this national project.”

Stephen Hughes, said: “I am delighted to be appointed to the board of HS2 Ltd. I have been passionate about this project for many years.

“It is not just about solving the problems with rail capacity, but it will also deliver significant regenerative benefits to our major cities and the regional economies they support. I am pleased to be able to help deliver those benefits in whatever ways I can.”

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