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High Speed Trains: Public Appointments

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process of recruitment was which led to the appointment of Mr Andrew McNaughton to his role within High Speed Two. (258238)

“Britain’s Transport infrastructure: High Speed Two”, published in January 2009, said that High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. would draw on resources from Network Rail and the Department for Transport. The process for recruitment of these resources is a matter for the HS2 company.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the directors and other members of senior management of High Speed Two. (258239)

The directors of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. are Sir David Rowlands, Alison Munro, Timothy Wellburn and Sir Brian Briscoe (as non-executive). Sir David Rowlands is the interim chairman, and Alison Munro is the chief executive.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the process of recruitment was which led to the appointment of Sir David Rowlands as interim chairman of High Speed Two. (258240)

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd. was set up to carry out detailed work on the feasibility of a new high speed line and to report to Government by the end of the year. Sir David Rowlands was appointed as the interim chairman in order to take forward this work without delay. Sir David has unique experience in the field of high-speed rail and is highly qualified for the role. An open competition will take place to appoint a permanent chairman in due course.