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HS2 shuffles board as Hackitt comes in and Wolstenholme departs

Wolstenholme

High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd) has made changes to its board, bringing in Dame Judith Hackitt and showing former Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenhome the door.

Hackitt joins the board after concluding her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which focussed on construction and fire safety failings at Grenfell Tower.

She is joint by former Birmingham City Council chief executive Stephen Hughes as newcomers to the HS2 Ltd board as non-executive directors.

Wolstenhome has served on the board of HS2 Ltd, since June 2018.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “The appointments of Dame Hackitt and Stephen Hughes will ensure that HS2 Ltd continues to have a world-class leadership team under Allan Cook CBE.

“Their collective wisdom and expertise will be invaluable in overseeing the construction of one of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects, ensuring we deliver on the opportunity of huge economic growth for the north and Midlands and improved journeys for passengers right across the country.”

Hackitt added: “Modernisation of our national infrastructure is vitally important for future growth and prosperity and the development and delivery of HS2 is an essential part of that. I am very much looking forward to joining the HS2 Ltd board and being part of this national project.”

Last month, HS2 Ltd announced that it was pushing back the start of main construction on the project until the end of the year.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Philip Alexander

    Hopefully this is more like shuffling the deckchairs on a sinking ship. Surely this gravy train will be shunted into a siding soon?

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  • Good to see Wolstenhome get his comeuppance after Crossrail. If Liz Truss has her way, HS2 is a gonner! Will John Bishop have to pay his £6.8m back!?

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