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Eurostar chairman among four appointments to HS2 board

Former Balfour Beatty chief executive Mike Welton has been retained as a board member of HS2 while Eurostar chairman Richard Brown is among three more appointments.

Mr Welton was originally appointed to the board on 15 April 2009. However following the review of HS2 the transport secretary wrote to the Cabinet Office to ask that the recruitment process be included within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA), after which point Mr Welton reapplied under the OCPA code of practice.

Among the other appointees are Richard Brown, chairman and former chief executive of Eurostar where he held the role for eight years during which time it launched services along HS1 into St Pancras.

Mr Brown and Mr Welton have been appointed to the board for five years.

Mr Welton said: “I am very pleased to have been asked to remain in my position on the board of HS2 Ltd. I will continue to work to deliver this project, to ensure that our transport infrastructure is fit to meet our needs for the future, addressing the very real problems affecting capacity, while securing the best value for money for the taxpayer”.

Mr Brown said: “I am delighted to take up this appointment. This is a fantastically important project for the country, and I will work to ensure that we deliver a project that is not simply a design marvel but also, in the longer term, a successful operational railway”.

Former Olympic Delivery Authority director of communications and current director of goverment communications for London 2012 Godric Smith and former director of city development in Coventry Duncan Sutherland have also been appointed to the board for three years.

All the new appointments will start work next month, bar Mr Smith who will begin work in October due to Olympic commitments.

Their oversight responsibilities will include ensuring that the department for transport requirements are adhered to throughout development and stakeholder relationships with partnership organisations are developed and improved.

The non executive directors of HS2 are expected to receive around £22,800 annually for 24 days work spread over 12 months.

Public appointments are made for a period of 3-5 years, however re-appointment is possible, if mutually agreed, to a maximum engagement of 10 years. It is necessary to ensure that the Board has continuity, by staggering appointments:

Transport secretary Justine Greening said: “The board of HS2 Ltd has an important role to play in ensuring successful delivery of the scheme and getting the best outcome for taxpayers. Mike, Godric, Richard and Duncan bring with them a breadth and depth of experience in delivering major projects, which will be invaluable as we press ahead with HS2.”

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