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Our people

Find out who is on the HS2 executive team and the board of the organisation.

Our people

Meet the people behind the project

We currently employ around 1,500 people, with the majority of staff working at our headquarters in Birmingham. HS2 is an inspirational venture to be involved in:

  • driving local regeneration
  • pioneering the use of leading technology
  • applying the latest professional thinking in business support
  • setting new engineering, environmental and safety standards.

You can view our organisation chart for more information about our directorates and our leadership team.

The executive team

Mark Thurston

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.

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Chris Rayner

Infrastructure Director
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Emma Head

Safety and Assurance Director
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Jim Crawford

Managing Director – Phase One

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Michael Bradley

Chief Financial Officer
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Neil Hayward

Human Resources Director
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Nicole Geoghegan

General Counsel and Company Secretary

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Paul Griffiths

Managing Director - Phase Two
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Richard Robinson

Chief Operating Officer
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Tom Kelly

Strategic Director for Stakeholder Engagement

The board

The role of the board is to:

  • ensure effective governance of the company so that the company makes decisions at the right time and properly manages risks
  • shape, challenge and direct the agenda for the company delivering stated priorities
  • monitor performance and risk, making choices (or recommendations to ministers) on our priorities ‘risk appetite’ (the amount and type of risk we are willing to take in order to meet our strategic objectives)
  • oversee healthy relations with our stakeholders and commercial partners

The board members typically meet on a monthly basis.

Corporate reports, board minutes and audit committee minutes, can be found on the HS2 section of GOV.UK. This is in line with government policy on publishing corporate information. They will continue to be published there.

Board minutes and audit committee minutes

Corporate reports

Allan Cooke

Non-Executive Chair

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Andrew Wolstenholme

Non-Executive Director
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Ed Smith

Non-Executive Director
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Mark Thurston

Chief Executive Officer

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Mel Ewell

Non-Executive Director
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Richard Brown

Non-Executive Director

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Richard Robinson

Chief Operating Officer
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Roger Mountford

Non-Executive Director

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