The managing director for phase two of HS2 Alison Munro has stepped down from the project.
Ms Munro, who has been at HS2 since its inception in 2009, was appointed as MD of development in September 2014 after spending five years as chief executive.
During that time Ms Munro’s brief included heading up phase two of the project, which covers the route from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester.
As chief executive, Ms Munro guided the project’s hybrid bill through parliament.
Previously, Ms Munro held director roles at the Department for Transport, where she was responsible for strategic roads policy, including developing a major motorway investment programme and longer-term planning of national networks.
Ms Munro’s departure follows on from Beth West, who left HS2 in June to take up a role at Landsec.
As commercial director for HS2, Ms West was responsible for providing capability and procurement services to the delivery units leading on commercial strategy, land and property, stations and regeneration, and economic analysis.
Ms Munro said: “Being a part of this genuinely transformational national infrastructure project from the beginning has been a honour.
“The challenge we faced to get the project where it is today was great, but through the hard work of a dedicated team, alongside the support of stakeholders across the country, we have managed to turn an idea into reality.”
HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins said: “Alison is one of the founding pillars of HS2. She has been with the project almost from its inception, and we would not have managed to get to where we are today without her.
“From building the organisation, through steering the Birmingham to London hybrid bill through parliament, to designing the route to Leeds and Manchester, Alison has been a central figure in the development of the programme.
“She will be missed and we wish her well in retirement.”