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HS2 names Aecom boss as chief operating officer

HS2 has brought in Aecom’s chief executive of civil infrastructure Richard Robinson for its new chief operating officer role.

Mr Robinson, who heads up Aecom’s civil infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, has now left the business and will join HS2 in the autumn.

He began at Aecom as the company’s managing director of transportation in Europe, before being promoted to the civil infrastructure CEO role where he led 8,000 people across four regions.

Prior to joining Aecom, Mr Robinson held leadership roles at Heathrow Express and mining giant Anglo American.

HS2 has also recruited Michael Bradley as its new chief financial officer.

Mr Bradley joins from Defence Equipment and Support, the arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, where he is CFO and interim chief executive.

He will also take up his post at the rail client in the autumn.

In March HS2 boss Mark Thurston said the new COO role would be his second-in-command and oversee much of HS2’s future commercial work, future land acquisitions and procurement. 

Mr Bradley will fill the CFO role left vacant by Steve Allen, who left the organisation earlier this year following a report which found evidence of HS2 making unauthorised redundancy payments to outgoing staff.

The new faces will join former Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan who takes over as chairman next month in place of Sir David Higgins, who will step down after four years in the post.

Former Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has also joined HS2 as a non-executive director after leaving Crossrail earlier this year.

Mr Thurston has brought in Highways England commercial boss David Poole as its procurement and supply director, Crossrail’s Elizabeth Gilbe as its new finance director and Neil Hayward as the director of HR.

Last week the government confirmed that the start date for the multi-billion-pound civils work on phase one of the line would be pushed back to June 2019, seven months later than originally scheduled.

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