HS2 has appointed former Crossrail executive Sir Terry Morgan as its new chairman.
Sir Terry, who is currently the chair of Crossrail Ltd, replaces Sir David Higgins and was confirmed in his new role by transport secretary Chris Grayling.
He becomes the second big-name ex-Crossrail executive to join the HS2 board after former CEO Andrew Wolstenholme became non-executive director of the £55.7bn project in March.
The move was hailed by HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston who added that the client intended to follow up on the appointment of Sir Terry with further announcements regarding a new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
Sir Terry joined Crossrail in 2009 having previously served as CEO of Tube Lines, a public-private partnership company contracted to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
HS2 began its search to find a new chairman after it was announced Sir David Higgins would leave after two terms in the post.
Mr Grayling said: “Sir Terry’s appointment as chair of HS2 ensures that we will continue to see world-class leadership in an exciting period for one of Europe’s most significant infrastructure projects, helping deliver huge economic growth and improvements for passengers across the country.
“His wealth of experience and expertise, demonstrated in numerous leading roles including overseeing the ambitious Crossrail project, as well as his respected reputation and enthusiasm, will be invaluable in the project’s continued success.”
Ed Smith has also been announced as a non-executive addition to the HS2 board.
Crossrail replaced three of its non-executive directors last month in a raft of changes to the board ahead of the planned opening of the line this year.