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HS2 Chief Executive steps down
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Published: 19th September 2016
This Article was Written by: Richard Furlong - City Surveys Group
Simon Kirby, the man who moved from Network Rail to head of the construction arm of HS2, has announced his impending departure from the company.
After two and a half years being at the centre of High Speed 2, Mr Kirby is moving on to a position at Rolls Royce. Whilst Royal Assent has yet to be formally granted, it is assumed that this is a given with this expected to happen before the end of 2016.
In a statement to the press, David Higgins (HS2 Chairman) made it clear that the organisation will miss the outgoing Chief Executive’s drive, experience and leadership skills. He went on to state that Mr Kirby had used “his vast experience to recruit and shape a world class team” who would be ideally positioned to make HS2 a reality for and of benefit to generations of rail passengers to come.
Mr Higgins made it clear that, whilst the organisation will miss Mr Kirby, the team will work hard to find somebody worthy of his position.
In his own words, Simon Kirby stated that it had “been a huge honour to have been its (HS2’s) Chief Executive and to have been involved in creating a leadership team made up of the best talents from this country and elsewhere.” He went on to state that he had “absolute confidence in their ability to deliver the project” and, in doing so, to change the face of the UK’s railway sector for the better.
In further HS2-related news, a former Chief Executive of Amey as also joined the organisation, this time in the position of non-exec director. It is expected that his significant experience in the construction sector will render him of great value to this most ambitious of civil engineering projects.
Further news regarding HS2 will be released on this website as it become available.