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25.02.15

HS2 appoints programme development director

Stuart Westgate has been appointed programme development director (internal sponsor) for HS2, where he will lead the development of the new north-south rail line. 

Reporting directly to HS2 Ltd CEO Simon Kirby, Westgate will also provide an important link between HS2 and other transport bodies. 

“Stuart has a proven track record of leading innovative, ambitious and complex projects and is exactly the type of person we want at HS2 as we continue to move toward the construction of the railway,” said Kirby. 

Westgate joins HS2 from KPMG where he spent four years as director of Major Projects Advisory. Before this he spent two years as director of Crossrail Surface, responsible for the mainline elements of the cross-London rail scheme. 

During his career Westgate has garnered vast experience in providing programme and leadership services to major infrastructure clients. Previous roles include principal sponsor in the government’s UK Roads Programme; deputy director for London Underground’s Cooling the Tube Programme and programme manager for the Strategic Rail Authority for the integration of HS1 and Thameslink at St Pancras. 

Westgate, who is starting his new role in March, said: “HS2 is an immensely important project and I’m delighted to be joining the company at such an exciting time in its development. HS2 represents an unrivalled opportunity for innovation and growth and I’m very much looking forward to playing a part.” 

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