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HS1 appoints former Go-Ahead CEO as chairman

HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the High Speed 1 rail link, has today announced the appointment of former Go-Ahead Group CEO Keith Ludeman as chairman designate.

Ludeman held an instrumental role in the introduction of Southeastern high-speed train services to HS1, and will hold the role as non-executive director until September when he will succeed Rob Holden CBE as HS1 Ltd chairman.

He said: “HS1 has never been more popular, with strong demand for Southeastern high-speed services, and new international routes just launched with Eurostar.

“I am honoured to take up this role and am looking forward to working with Dyan Crowther and the Board to guide the company through the next phase of development of this vital UK asset.”

The former Go-Ahead boss has served in roles in a variety of sectors, having previously acted as non-executive director of companies such as Network Rail, non-executive chairman of Aspin Group and TXM Plant, and remains as a non-executive chairman of Bristol Water and as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the London Transport Museum.

Rob Holden, chairman of HS1, said: “I have been proud to be associated with the delivery of high-speed rail to the UK. From 1996, I have been privileged to lead great teams of people through construction, commissioning, the Royal opening in 2007 and operation.”

Holden added that HS1 Ltd has secured the services of a “superb” chairman in Ludeman and claimed he is “a good choice to lead the Board as HS1 builds on its success.”

Ben Loomes, managing partner and head of infrastructure at InfraRed, and Sion Jones, deputy chief investment officer at Equitix, said: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to the HS1 Board. Keith brings excellent experience in the rail sector as well as broad experience as a non-executive director. 

“He will be a strong addition to the HS1 Board. We are very grateful to Rob who has been instrumental in the development of HS1 and its success today.”

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