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HS2 confirms Beth West’s departure

HS2  Beth West

High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has confirmed commercial director Beth West is to leave the organisation to join commercial developer Land Securities as head of development for its London portfolio.

New Civil Engineer broke the news in late May, however HS2 Ltd has been unable to confirm the move until now. 

West started at HS2 Ltd in October 2012 having previously worked as head of commercial for Thames Tideway Tunnel and in finance and risk roles at both Transport for London and London Underground before that.

During her four-and-a-half year stint at HS2 Ltd, West has overseen the procurement process for a number of high value contracts covering £900M of enabling works, £8.6bn of main civils works and the £350M engineering delivery partner for phase 1.

HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins said: “Over the past four and a half years Beth has made a huge contribution to the HS2 project. Her work has been key in helping the project become a reality - not least her leadership of the largest civil engineering procurement in UK history. Beth is leaving for an exciting new role with our grateful thanks and best wishes.”

Land Securities, which has just rebranded as Landsec, said West’s new role is as head of development for the London portfolio. London portfolio managing director Colette O’Shea said: “Beth’s considerable experience of leading on challenging strategic projects will undoubtedly further strengthen our team. We are very much looking forward to Beth joining us.”

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