High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has appointed former Highways England executive director David Poole to lead its procurement and supply chain team.
During his nine years at Highways England, Poole was responsible for contracting, procurement, commercial assurance, governance and efficiency delivery across £3.5bn a year of supply chain spending. Prior to this he was supply chain director at GE Aviation Systems and Flight Control Systems leading its commercial and supply chain.
In his new role, Poole will lead the procurement and supply chain teams as the project continues to move into the construction phase.
Poole said: “HS2 will transform the experience of rail travel for huge numbers of people across the UK and provide a major boost to economic growth. I am excited to be joining the project at such an important time in its development and look forward to getting started.”
Last year HS2 Ltd’s procurement processes came under the spotlight after claims of a ‘revolving door’ for employees between itself and CH2M, leading to further claims of a conflict of interest. At the time Mace challenged HS2’s decision to award the phase 2b delivery partner role to CH2M on the grounds that there had been a conflict of interest involving former CH2M employee and then HS2 employee Christopher Reynolds.
HS2 recently announced it had already banned CH2M seconded employees having anything to do with existing or potential procurement processes involving Jacobs.
Poole will be based at HS2 Ltd’s headquarters in Birmingham and report directly to the Chief Finance Officer. He will take up his role in mid-March.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the team. His experience of managing large scale procurement and complex supply chains will be invaluable as we continue to recruit the contractors we need to deliver the railway on time and on budget. This includes four new stations, railway systems and the state-of-the-art trains that will run on them.”