Mark Thurston | Chief Executive Officer

Mark Thurston, Chief Executive Officer, HS2

As the CEO of High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd, Mark has the privilege and ultimate responsibility for leading
the company that has been charged with delivering a new high speed railway that will connect the major
cities of the UK. The vision is for HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain and become the backbone
of Britain’s rail network. It will better connect the country’s major cities and economic hubs and help
deliver a stronger, more balanced economy, better able to compete on the global stage. It will open up
local and regional markets and will attract investment and improve job opportunities for hundreds of
thousands of people across the whole country. HS2 Ltd began operations in January 2009. The company
currently employs around 1,600 people, with the majority of staff working at its headquarters in
Mark joined HS2 Ltd in March 2017; he has some 30 years’ experience including leadership roles in
engineering, project and programme management and business operations. Having worked for client,
consulting and delivery organisations, Mark has a successful track record across a mix of major
organisations and investment programmes, and worked on both the London 2012 Olympics and
Crossrail. He was previously the European MD of engineering and projects company CH2M.
Mark started his career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground. He is a Visiting Professor
at the Bartlett school of Construction and Project Management at UCL and an honorary fellow of both the
Association for Project Management and the Institution of Civil Engineers.


Rail Live 2020 - 1st April @ 17:35

Are we able to create infrastructure that can act as the pivot for the digitally-connected transport industry of the future?

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  • Where are the key focus areas in order to prepare urban and long-distance infrastructure for the liberalization of the global rail market?
  • Developing flexible, smart infrastructure that is able to incorporate new technology, applications and software.
  • How can we develop to seamlessly cooperate with other stakeholders within the transport sector and beyond.
  • The ever-changing mind-set of rail company management and the role of client-based performance thinking
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