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Former HS2 boss lands new role

Former HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is set to join consultants Nichols Group as an associate senior advisor.

Mr Kirby will be responsible for strategic advice at the firm, which specialises in advising on “large, iconic infrastructure programmes”, and will report to the board.

It was revealed in May that the ex-HS2 man had left his position as chief operating officer at Rolls-Royce, after just 19 months at the business.

Rolls-Royce revealed that Mr Kirby’s departure had been a result of cost-cutting measures that he himself had played a “key role” in initiating.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, Mr Kirby spent two-and-a-half-years as the head of HS2.

Mr Kirby’s decision to leave the £55.7bn rail project in September 2016, days before a public accounts committee report in the scheme, rocked the UK construction market.

Following his departure Mr Kirby has been forced to clarify his role in a redundancy payment scheme for former HS2 employees that had not received the necessary approvals.

During a public accounts committee hearing looking into the unauthorised payments, Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown called for action against Mr Kirby over payments, which he claimed “defrauded taxpayers” of £1.76m.

Mr Kirby released a statement following the committee meeting, which said he had had no contact regarding the redundancy payments from the National Audit Office or the Department for Transport, adding that the terms of the redundancies were not decided until after he had left HS2.

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