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HS2 Ltd names new HR director

Neil Hayward has been appointed as HS2 Ltd’s new HR director.

With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Hayward has held a number of senior human resources positions in the public and private sector – most recently as group people director with the Post Office.

Welcoming Hayward to the organisation, HS2 Ltd CEO Mark Thurston said: “HS2’s success will come from its people, and Neil’s experience in defining and implementing change at FTSE 100 and 250 companies, and in central government will be extremely valuable as we transition from a development company to one delivering Britain’s new national high speed rail network.”

Hayward added: “HS2 is a transformational infrastructure project that can change the economic geography of the country. That’s a really important mission and it’s hugely exciting to be joining the company now as it moves towards the major construction stages.

“I am really looking forward to being part of the team that will deliver Europe’s biggest infrastructure project which is of national significance for the UK.”

The appointment comes following the loss of several of the company’s senior leaders, including its CFO and chief executive, and a report by National Audit Office which found that its redundancy payments exceeded DfT’s recommendations by a whopping £1.76m.

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Stratfan   13/11/2017 at 13:04

Why is previous hr director being blamed for over payments when evidence given to pac that previous chief exec didn’t pass on the dft instructions on maximum redundancy payments?

Andrew Gwilt   13/11/2017 at 18:48

Sounds good.

Gw   14/11/2017 at 16:30

Hopefully the alleged 'Network Rail' attitude in HS2 will go so that it can become a respected organisation that doesn't have such a high staff turnover.

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