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Former Amey big gun joins HS2

Mel ewell

Amey’s former chief executive Mel Ewell has been appointed to the High Speed 2 (HS2) board as a non-executive director.

Following a 15-year tenure at Amey, Ewell retired at the end of March. He was appointed by transport secretary Chris Grayling.

HS2 Ltd Chairman David Higgins said: “We are looking for leaders with experience of large and complex construction challenges to advise our work, and Mel certainly fits that description. He transformed Amey into one of the UK’s most successful engineering and infrastructure companies, and HS2 will certainly benefit from his considerable industry knowledge.

Ewell said about his appointment: “As well as the benefits of improved connectivity and capacity, the skills and knowledge gained through delivering HS2 will make Britain a world leader in infrastructure projects. HS2 is a truly exciting endeavour that has the potential transform the UK’s infrastructure industry.

“The opportunity to play a role in creating this legacy is s too good to miss.”

Royal Assent for the London to Birmingham leg of the project is expected by the end of 2016, with construction set to begin in 2017.


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