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Crossrail chief Wolstenholme to join BAE Systems

The chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme is to join BAE Systems as the company’s new UK managing director of Maritime and Land.

Mr Wolstenholme is set to join the aerospace company in May after he leaves Crossrail at the end of this month.

Last week it was revealed by Construction News that Mr Wolstenholme would be also joining the board of HS2 as a non-executive director once his time at Crossrail finishes.

Mr Wolstenholme is also currently co-chairman of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and was integral to construction securing a sector deal. CN understands the CLC will be holding a meeting this Thursday, with Mr Wolstenholme expected to be present.

BAE chief executive Charles Woodburn, who Mr Wolstenholme will report to, said the former Crossrail boss’ “proven track record” in leading major organisations would fit well within the UK Maritime and Land team.

Mr Wolstenholme will be replaced by Crossrail’s current programme director Simon Wright, who will combine his existing role with that of chief executive. Mr Wright will oversee the completion of the Crossrail project as the team completes work on the central section of the line and hands over services to Transport for London.

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 also served with the British Army for three years as a Queen’s Royal Irish Hussar before resigning his commission in 1984 to pursue a career in engineering.

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