The role of the board is to:
- ensure effective governance of the company so that the company makes decisions at the right time and properly manages risks
- shape, challenge and direct the agenda for the company delivering stated priorities
- monitor performance and risk, making choices (or recommendations to ministers) on our priorities ‘risk appetite’ (the amount and type of risk we are willing to take in order to meet our strategic objectives)
- oversee healthy relations with our stakeholders and commercial partners
The board typically meets on a monthly basis.
Sir Terry Morgan, Non-executive Chair
In July 2018 the Department for Transport announced that Terry will take over as Chairman of HS2 Ltd from August 2018 to run concurrently with his post as Chairman of Crossrail Ltd.
Terry is Chairman of Ricardo plc and in February 2017 was appointed Chairman of London City Airport and more recently, Chair of Crossrail International. Terry took over the role of Chairman of Crossrail on 1 June 2009.
Prior to this, Terry was Chief Executive of Tube Lines, a PPP company that was contracted to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.
Mark Thurston, Executive Board Member
Mark joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Chief Executive Officer in March 2017. With more than 25 years’ experience in project and programme management, Mark has worked in both the public and private sectors on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects.
Previously, Mark was Managing Director for Europe at CH2M and was with the company from June 2008. During his career with CH2M Mark spent a significant amount of time in leadership roles on major programmes, including three years as Strategic Projects Director on Crossrail, leading the Programme Partner joint venture Transcend.
Prior to this Mark was Programme Delivery Manager on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, where he led the Power Lines Under Grounding project and the £500 million Structures, Bridges and Highways programme on behalf of the CLM delivery partner consortium.
Mark has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Project Management from Loughborough University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and is an honorary Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Association for Project Management.
Andrew Wolstenholme, Non-executive Board Member
Andrew joined BAE Systems in May 2018 as Group Managing Director Maritime and Land UK and is a member of the Executive Committee. Before joining BAE Systems Andrew was Chief Executive Officer for Crossrail, leading the delivery of the Elizabeth line through central London; Europe’s largest engineering project. Prior to joining Crossrail, Andrew held a number of senior positions delivering major engineering projects in the UK, Asia and North America, including Heathrow Express rail link, the Terminal 5 programme and a £10 billion development programme across 7 UK airports.
Andrew began his career serving with the British Army as a Queen’s Royal Irish Hussar before resigning his commission in 1984 to pursue a career in business and engineering spanning more than 30 years. Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from Southampton University.
Andrew is the Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council and has also served as a Non-executive Director for the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Equipment and Support Board.
Christine Emmett, Non-executive Board Member
Christine has a degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Manchester. She began her career as a buyer at Marks and Spencer. She has 30 years’ experience of major procurement and project management including the British Rail Channel Tunnel project and rail privatisation.
Christine is currently a Gateway Reviewer on high risk projects and has reviewed high profile projects in the health and transport sectors for the UK government, Welsh Assembly and Scottish Executive.
She has wide knowledge of best practice across government. She has been a non-executive director of two health trusts and has considerable experience working in local communities for example as chairman of her local Age UK.
Ed Smith is the Chairman of NHS Improvement and Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council at the University of Birmingham and Treasurer of Chatham House.
From January 2015 to October 2017 Ed was the lead non-executive director for the Department for Transport.
Ed was the former Global Assurance Chief Operating Officer and Strategy Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Before retiring he had a successful 30-year career with PwC, holding many leading board and top client roles in the UK and globally as a Senior Partner.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Non-executive Board Member
Baroness Valentine joined London First in 1997 as Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive in 2003. Her role centres on representing to national and local government the most pressing issues affecting London’s leading businesses.
Prior to London First, Jo Valentine worked in corporate finance and planning at Barings and BOC Group. She established and ran ‘The Blackburn Partnership’ a public-private regeneration partnership in 1988 and the Central London Partnership (CLP) in 1995. She was a National Lottery Commissioner from 2000 to 2005.
She became a Crossbench Peer in October 2005 and contributes frequently to debates, mainly on economic and competitiveness issues. She sits on the House of Lords Committee which provides pre-legislative scrutiny of European infrastructure proposals. Baroness Valentine is a Non-Executive Director of Peabody, an Honorary Fellow of St Hugh’s College Oxford and Birkbeck College, and a member of the Council of University College London.
Mel Ewell, Non-executive Board Member
Mr Ewell brings a wealth of infrastructure and transport industry experience from the UK and around the world. He led Amey, one of the UK’s largest infrastructure support service companies, for 15 years.
During his tenure, the company delivered major road and rail projects, including the maintenance of the iconic Forth Road Bridge. Prior to joining Amey he was Managing Director at ADI group, a provider of transport and aviation services across Europe.
Neil Masom, Non-executive Board Member
Neil Masom has held high level positions within the Civil Aviation and Defence sectors with BAE Systems, specialising in Customer Services, Supply Chain and Information Management.
For the past five years he has held non-executive board director and audit committee chair roles within the IT Industry and also within government at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Information Commissioner’s Office and within the NHS.
Richard Brown, Non-executive Board Member
Richard Brown has held high level positions in and around the rail sector. Through his association with HS1 and Eurostar, he brings experience of the specification and delivery of major rail infrastructure, and ensuring longer term value for money. He is also able to add further value through his experience of running an operational high speed railway.
Roger Mountford, Non-executive Board Member
Roger is a former member of the Board of the Civil Aviation Authority as well as Chair of The Housing Finance Corporation, which raises long term funds to finance social housing.
He is currently Chairman of HgCapital trust plc, an independent trustee of several pension schemes, and a member of the Council of the London School of Economics.
Board meeting minutes
Minutes from previous board meetings are available on request or via the National Archive website.
The audit committee recommends actions or improvements to the board.
Audit committee meeting minutes
Minutes from previous audit committee meetings are available on request or via the National Archive website.
View the HS2 development agreement.
Register of business interests