HS2 has appointed Margaret Thatcher’s former private secretary as its new permanent construction commissioner.
Sir Mark Worthington has been brought into the role, which will investigate issues and complaints during the project’s development that fail to reach satisfactory conclusions through HS2’s own processes.
Sir Mark, who was Baroness Thatcher’s private secretary from 1992 to 2013, will provide impartial decisions on compalints and look to build better relationships between communities, local authorities, HS2 and its contractors.
He will also monitor complaints, provide reports on trends and offer advice on how to minimise grievances.
He replaces Gareth Epps, who took the role on an interim basis in July 2016. Mr Epps worked in community relations on Crossrail for nine years before joining HS2.
In addition to working as Baroness Thatcher’s private secretary, Sir Mark was also director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.
Yesterday HS2 announced it would be appointing Aecom civil infrastructure boss Richard Robinson as its new chief operating officer.
The client also revealed Michel Bradley would be joining as its chief financial officer from Defence Equipment and Support, the arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, where he is CFO and interim chief executive.
The government confirmed earlier this week that the start of construction on the £55.7bn line would begin in June, seven months later than originally planned.