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HS2 Ltd announces major managerial appointments

HS2 Ltd has this week announced the appointment of a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Richard Robinson – formerly AECOM’s Chief Executive of Civil Infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa – joins HS2 Ltd as COO. Robinson will support Chief Executive Mark Thurston’s efforts to deliver the single biggest infrastructure project in Europe to date.

At AECOM, Robinson was responsible for the civil infrastructure business – first as Managing Director and then Chief Executive – leading 8,000 people across four regions and a variety of different infrastructure projects. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of AECOM’s Transportation Europe arm.

“I am delighted to welcome Richard to the team at HS2,” said Thurston. “He joins us at an exciting time and brings wide-ranging experience of complex infrastructure projects and extensive management skills. Richard’s appointment will enhance our leadership team at this important time, as the project picks up pace and we begin to deliver lasting economic benefits across the UK.”

Additionally, Michael Bradley has also joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. Bradley comes from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) – an arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence – where he was CFO and Director General Resources, and he has been Acting CEO since December 2017.

Responsible for the financial affairs of the multi-billion government body, Bradley has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors where he has overseen financial accounting and planning alongside internal auditing and assurance.

Commenting on Bradley’s appointment, Thurston added: “Michael is an excellent addition to the HS2 Ltd team and brings a wealth of experience with him to this important role. HS2 is a hugely important project that will leave a significant economic legacy here in the UK and it is imperative that we have the best people in place to deliver our ambitions.”

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