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Mitchell in frame for top job

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell remains in the frame for the chief executive job, soon to be vacated by Rob Holden.

Mitchell confirmed that he was one of the candidates being considered by a selection process led by chairman Terry Morgan.

“I am involved,” he said. “I am very pleased to be doing what I’m currently doing, but we shall see what happens,” he said.

Mitchell was clear favourite for the job after NCE canvassed engineers in January following Holden’s surprise decision to quit.

He polled more than 40% of the engineers’ vote, more than twice that of second favourite, ex-Network Rail chief executive and current Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt.

More recent ex-Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher was third with 15% of the vote, narrowly ahead of CLM programme director Ian Galloway on 14%. Galloway is currently leading the delivery of the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Recruitment specialist Odgers Berndtson has been brought in to draw up a shortlist for the role. It is intended that Holden’s successor is appointed before he leaves the project in July.

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