The outgoing boss of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme will join HS2’s board when he leaves the £14.8bn project at the end of the month, Construction News can reveal.
CN has learned Mr Wolstenholme has already lined up a non-executive role on the board of HS2.
Yesterday Crossrail revealed Mr Wolstenholme would be leaving the organisation for a role in the private sector after seven years leading the project.
Crossrail could not comment on where Mr Wolstenholme would be moving to after March but it is understood he will take on the private sector role in May.
Crossrail’s current programme director Simon Wright will replace Mr Wolstenholme, taking on the dual role of programme director and chief executive to oversee the scheme’s completion.
The central section of the Crossrail line is scheduled to open up to services in December this year.
The news of Mr Wolstenholme joining the HS2 board comes just a month after it was revealed that HS2 had begun the search for a new chairman, after Sir David Higgins announced he would be stepping down from the role later this year.
Before his time at Crossrail, Mr Wolstenholme was Balfour Beatty’s director of innovation for two years after a stint as BAA’s director of capital projects.
He was also programme director for Heathrow’s £4.3bn construction of Terminal 5.
Mr Wolstenholme is also currently co-chair of the Construction Leadership Council.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “Andrew’s leadership of Crossrail has been critical to its success to date.
“His work not just on delivering this vital and world-leading project, but also in championing innovative construction methods, supply chain development, diversity – as well as his relentless focus on safety – will leave a lasting legacy across the industry.
“I am extremely grateful for the contribution Andrew has made.
“I am delighted that my department will be continuing to work with Andrew in his capacity as a non-executive director of HS2 Ltd, where his experience and skills will continue to be put to good use, to the benefit of the sector.”
Crossrail has declined to comment.