To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people applied to become non-executive directors of HS2; and what the process was by which the successful applicants were selected.
20 July 2020
Seventy nine people applied to an open and fair competition overseen by Ministers, which was launched in June 2019. Elaine Holt was appointed via this process.
Tom Harris has been directly appointed to his role for a one year term after which an open and fair competition will commence. Ian King has been directly appointed to his role for a three year term, something which is appropriate given his role as a government representative.
All appointments have been made in accordance with the Government’s Governance Code for Public Appointments with the agreement of the Prime Minister and the Commissioner for Public Appointments.