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Crossrail: Martin Buck appointed commercial director

Martin Buck has this afternoon been appointed commercial director of London’s £15.9bn Crossrail scheme.

He will work directly with chief executive Rob Holden, and will lead Crossrail’s commercial function to ensure that the client establishes and fulfils all the necessary commercial agreements required to deliver the Crossrail project.

Buck was previously on secondment to Crossrail as commercial director between 2005 and 2008 and will start his new role on 6 July. He will be responsible for developing and implementing Crossrail’s commercial and procurement strategies and processes and will lead negotiations of all future major Crossrail commercial contracts.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Buck as Crossrail’s Commercial Director. He brings a wealth of experience to the project. Martin will play a crucial role in helping deliver Europe’s largest construction project to time and to budget,” said Holden.

“Having been so closely involved in the development of Crossrail, I am very pleased to be re-joining the team to take Europe’s largest construction project further forward into its construction programme. I look forward to continuing the excellent working relationships with all the parties in order that we realise the project,” he said.

Crossrail also confirmed that programme director Graham Plant and technology director Phil Bennett would be leaving the project in the summer.

Plant has played a key role in moving the Crossrail project forward and successfully secured the appointment of Crossrail’s programme partner and project delivery partner as well as the design framework agreements. Plant will leave the project in August when Andrew Mitchell, the current major programme director with Network Rail’s Thameslink Programme joins Crossrail as programme director. Plant will continue to contribute to the project through his support of the work of several of programme’s expert panels.

Bennett joined Crossrail in 2007 and set up Crossrail’s security systems, systems assurance and integration and IT department. With this work now successfully completed Dr Bennett is leaving the project on 31 July.

Buck joined Crossrail in August 2005 as commercial director, where he was responsible for funding and finance, and also for procurement and the management of works and agreements with contractors, third parties and consultants. He joined from Partnerships UK, a PPP organisation jointly owned by the Treasury and the private sector.

He was there five years, and led their taskforce dealing specifically with transport issues. Before that he was with the Treasury Taskforce.

He has worked on London Underground PPP, and the establishment of Network Rail from Railtrack. Has also worked on light rail schemes such as the DLR, Croydon, Nottingham, Leeds and Portsmouth.

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