Alison Munro, one of High Speed 2’s most long standing bosses and ‘founding pillars’ of the project, is to retire at the end of August.
Munro was recently appointed as managing director for phase 2 of the project, however, she spent five years as chief executive before being appointed as managing director of development in September 2014.
During her time at HS2, Munro has been credited with steering the major Birmingham to London Hybrid Bill through Parliament and designing the route to Leeds and Manchester.
“Being a part of this genuinely transformational national infrastructure project from the beginning has been an honour,” said Munro. “The challenge we faced to get the project where it is today was great, but through the hard work of a dedicated team, alongside the support of stakeholders across the country, we have managed to turn an idea into reality.
“I wish everyone at HS2 good luck for the future and look forward to my first journey on this fantastic new rail service.”
Recruitment for a replacement has now started. However New Civil Engineer understands that she will continue to act in an advisory capacity.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Over the past eight years Alison’s contribution to the HS2 programme has been invaluable and her understanding of the project, our people, purpose and supporters have greatly helped my transition into HS2.
“I know that while Alison enjoys her retirement she will continue to be a member of the HS2 family and am delighted she will continue to provide her insights and experience to this project.”
HS2 chairman David Higgins added: “Alison is one of the founding pillars of HS2. She has been with the project almost from its inception, and we would not have managed to get to where we are today without her. From building the organisation, through steering the Birmingham to London Hybrid Bill through Parliament, to designing the route to Leeds and Manchester, Allison has been a central figure in the development of the programme. She will be missed and we wish her well in retirement.”
Before starting at HS2, Munro worked for the Department for Transport as a director, where she was responsible for strategic roads policy including developing a major motorway investment programme, and longer term planning of national networks.