Sir Terry Morgan CBE will become the new Chairman of HS2 Ltd at the start of August, the Transport Secretary has announced.
Starting his new position on 1 August, he takes over from Sir David Higgins and given he is joining from Crossrail Ltd, he will have great experience after working on one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects.
He has been with Crossrail Ltd since 2009 and has worked within the rail industry for many years, including a Chief Executive role at Tube Lines, an organisation set up to upgrade infrastructure on the Northern, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines.
Elsewhere, he has held important roles in prestigious organisations including Rover Group, the Chartered Management Institute and BAE Systems.
And it was this experience that will make Sir Terry Morgan invaluable for the role, Chris Grayling has 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.”
HS2 has made a number of announcements of late, signifying the progress made; with additional funding for Toton station revealed, as well as the site for the rolling stock depot in Leeds.
And, along with Ed Smith CBE, who has been appointed as a non-executive director on the HS2 Ltd Board, the appointment of a new Chairman is important in the ongoing success of the project.
Sir Terry Morgan described the appointment as a “privilege.”
He said: “It is a privilege to take up this crucial role with HS2 – a railway that will help transform this country through better connections for over 300,000 passengers every single day.
“HS2 will be a driving force behind greater prosperity and productivity across the country, unlocking opportunities for growth and regeneration and building a transport network fit for the future.
“I look forward to meeting the team and beginning the vital work of taking this magnificent project from strength to strength.”