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Mark Thurston


Mark joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in March 2017. With more than 25 years’ experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.

Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. During his career with CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programmes, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.

Prior to this Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500 million Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.

Mark has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Project Management from Loughborough University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.


Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has overall responsibility for the development and delivery of the High Speed Two (HS2) project, and the growth of ​HS2 Ltd.