HS2 appoints programme and strategy director

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HS2 has named EC Harris’ Alistair Kirk as its new programme and strategy director.

Alistair, who joins the project in September, will be responsible for the integration, planning and control of the overall HS2 programme.

Today’s announcement confirms another senior appointment to HS2 in 2014 following the arrival of chief executive Simon Kirby and Phase One programme director Jim Crawford earlier in the year.

Speaking at Infrarail in May, HS1’s head of engineering and operation said it was “paramount” that HS2 got itself  “in shape for delivery” quickly.

Simon Kirby, HS2 Ltd chief executive, said: “Alistair joins us at an important time for HS2, as we continue the progress from development to delivery. Putting in place the right systems, controls and rigours in our planning is essential to ensure that we build HS2 on time and on budget.

“Alistair has an excellent track record across the defence and rail sectors. Moreover, his Middle East experience, where transportation is being heavily invested in to stimulate growth and act as a catalyst for change, will also be particularly relevant to helping ensure we deliver the wider benefits of the HS2 programme.”

Alistair joins from EC Harris, where he led the company’s infrastructure business in the Middle East.

Alistair Kirk, HS2 Ltd programme and strategy director, said:  “The opportunity to help build on the platform for success of such a strategically important programme as HS2 is huge professional incentive for me. Moreover, HS2 will provide similar opportunities for a host of other engineering and programme management staff over the coming years.

“HS2 – amongst other major projects – will be a programme the UK  transportation industry will be rightly proud of.”

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