The government has appointed David Prout as director general to take over the delivery of High Speed 2.
David Prout will move from his current role as director general at the Department of Communities and Local Government to the newly created post in the New Year.
Prout will be leading the team working on the project, as well as liasing with HS2 Ltd.
A legal challenge to HS2 is being heard in court this week. 51m, a group which represents 15 councils along the route, Heathrow Hub, Aylesbury Park Golf Club and the HS2 Action Alliance have mounted the challenge to address a number of apparent problems with the project.
Before moving to the DCLG in 2009, Prout was executive director for planning and borough development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.