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Roy Hill to join HS2 as interim Chief Executive

HS2 Ltd is pleased to announce that Roy Hill has been appointed Interim CEO and will take up his new position in November.

Roy Hill

Commenting on the appointment, HS2 Ltd Chairman David Higgins said:

“I’m pleased to welcome Roy Hill back to the team.”

“His understanding of the project and the industry puts him in an excellent position to continue the significant progress made under Simon Kirby while we continue our search for a permanent CEO.”

“Roy’s secondment from CH2M will allow HS2 to benefit from his broad experience overseeing some of the world’s most complex infrastructure projects.”

“He is uniquely qualified to fill this interim role, seeing HS2 through its upcoming milestones and into the start of construction next year.”


  • Roy Hill will join HS2 on 1st November. Simon Kirby will continue in post until the end of the year
  • Recruitment for the permanent role is underway. We hope to have selected the candidate around the turn of the year and that the permanent CEO will be in place by summer 2017.
  • Roy Hill was previously seconded to HS2 Ltd in 2012 where he held the position of Phase One Development Director for approximately two years

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Published 18 October 2016