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High Speed Two: Directors

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 73678, tabled on 14 July 2020

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.

Answered on

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.

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