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HS2 technical director steps down for strategic role

andrew mc naughton

High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) technical director Andrew McNaughton is stepping down to take on a new internally and externally facing strategic role.

McNaughton will become the organisation’s strategic technical adviser providing strategic advice and assurance to the HS2 executive board on technical matters. The part time role will also involve an advisory role to the Department for Transport and other government departments on wider transport matters.

HS2 said he would continue to act as an expert witness for the project and be chairman of the World High Speed Rail Committee.

The HS2 veteran was the project’s first employee and joined as chief engineer in 2009, before becoming technical director in 2012.

“After leading the design and authorisation phases of HS2 for the last nine years I am stepping back from a full time executive leadership function to this more strategic role,” said McNaughton. “I am delighted to say, it will continue my strong link with HS2 whilst also giving me more freedom to advise the government here, and others elsewhere, on both high speed railway development and wider transport issues.”

HS2 chairman David Higgins said: “Andrew’s expertise and experience has been critical in getting HS2 to the point it is now, and the Board is delighted that it will be able to continue to draw on that expertise in the future.”

He will start his new role on 2 January and continue to report to Mark Thurston. HS2 said an announcement on the future leadership of the technical directorate would be made shortly.

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