Reporting directly to CEO, Simon Kirby, he will lead development of the new north-south rail line and provide an important link between HS2 and other transport bodies. Stuart joins HS2 from KPMG where he spent four years as Director of Major Projects Advisory.
Commenting on the appointment, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Simon Kirby said:
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. We are committed to delivering a world class railway and that means having the highest calibre people working on the project. Stuart certainly falls into that category.
Stuart has vast experience in providing programme and leadership services to major infrastructure clients in transport and finance. Prior to joining KPMG in 2011, he spent two years as Director of Crossrail Surface, responsible for the mainline elements of the cross-London rail scheme.
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.
Looking forward to his new role, Stuart Westgate says:
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.