Director General High Speed 2 Group

David Prout


David Prout took up his current post as Director General, High Speed 2 Group for the Department for Transport on 7 January 2013.


David started his career in the planning department of Westminster City Council in 1990. Other career highlights include:

  • Director General, Localism at the Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Environment Attaché at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels
  • the Department of the Environment, where he helped negotiate the Berlin mandate for the Kyoto Climate Change agreement
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Director of Local Government Policy at DCLG, where he was responsible for the local government white paper
  • Executive Director for Planning and Borough Development at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Director General High Speed 2 Group

Responsibilities are:

As Director General, David has overall responsibility for all aspects of the developing High Speed 2.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Local Government and Public Services

    • 2009 to 2013