Mark Thurston is the new CEO for HS2
17 February 2017 • Author: Rachael Harper
Mark Thurston has been announced as the new Chief Executive of High Speed 2 (HS2).
Starting his career 30 years ago as an apprentice with Transport for London, Mark had roles within The Nichols Group and Metronet before his current position as CH2M’s managing director of European operations.
On being appointed, Mark said: “I am looking forward to leading the HS2 team and its partners to deliver a railway that will transform connectivity between our major cities and regions.”
This comes after a five-month global search which reviewed some 20 candidates working on projects in the UK, America, Australia and Asia.
The Chairman of HS2, David Higgins, said: “Mark knows the UK rail industry from the bottom up. His grasp of how to manage the transition from page to reality makes him not only the right person to take over at HS2 as we are on the verge of Royal Assent, but also to see it through the years leading up to the first train being commissioned.”
Mark will start with HS2 in the spring.