HS2 civils delivery director Mike Lyons (pictured) is leaving his post next month for a role in the private sector.
In a letter to HS2 independent construction commissioner Mark Worthington, Lyons confirmed he would be “leaving HS2 Ltd shortly”.
Lyons joined HS2 in 2014 as programme director and has held several senior leadership roles on the project. He previously worked at Network Rail for 11 years, including as project director for infrastructure for the 2012 Olympics and route delivery director for London North Eastern.
Lyons will be replaced on an interim basis by David Speight, who is currently HS2’s project client director for phase one (north) with responsibility for delivering main works civils across the West Midlands with Balfour Beatty Vinci.
Speight is on secondment to HS2 from Jacobs, where he is delivery director for the major programmes and project group. His previous roles include delivery director for expansion at Heathrow Airport and head of construction for Hinkley Point C at EDF.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “I would like to thank Mike for his leadership over the last eight years and the energy and experience he has brought to my executive team over the past 18 months.
“He has played a significant role in establishing our presence in Birmingham and leaves behind a fully mobilised and professional main works civils delivery team across the four integrated project teams.”
HS2 has confirmed that their civils delivery director will be leaving the role to pursue other opportunities.
HS2, the high speed rail network currently being constructed across the UK, has confirmed that their civils delivery director, Andy Milner, is set to leave his role.
The company has thanked Andy Milner for his hard work and dedication to the project from when he first joined in 2017. Over the past couple of years, Milner has overseen the major civils contracts on the project and guided the HS2 team as the construction progress on the ambitious rail infrastructure continues.
HS2 said in a statement: “Andy has made an enormous contribution over the last three years and will be leaving to pursue other opportunities. On behalf of everyone at HS2, I’d like to thank him for his hard work and dedication to the project and wish him every success in the future.”
The company has yet to announce who will take Milner’s place upon his departure later this month. However, they remain determined that the current civils contracts remain on track and continue to be delivered on schedule.
As building work across the HS2 network continues, the project remains a major priority for the UK government and is as critical as ever to the nation’s economy, infrastructure and connectivity.
The search for a new HS2 civils delivery director will commence shortly and the future of the project remains in safe hands.