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2011-04-00 HS1-001
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High Speed 1 appoints new chairman and chief executive

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HS1 Ltd

High Speed 1 appoints new chairman and chief executive

00 April 2011
source HS1 Ltd
type Press release

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HS1 Ltd, the holder of the of High Speed 1 concession to operate the UK's first section of high speed rail connecting St Pancras International to Europe, today announced the appointment of Rob Holden as chairman, and Nicola Shaw as chief executive.

Holden joins from Crossrail and before that had been chief executive officer of London & Continental Railways. Shaw was previously on the Board of FirstGroup PLC where she led the company's European bus division. Before joining FirstGroup she was Managing Director, Operations at the SRA.

Outgoing Managing Director, Paul Chapman declared his intention to leave HS1 Ltd in June 2010 to pursue other interests.  Paying tribute to Chapman, incoming chairman, Rob Holden said:

"I thank Paul for the terrific job he has done to transform High Speed 1 from one of Britain's largest construction projects to a business that has already built up an enviable operational record with over 16 million passenger journeys per year. I am very pleased to be involved with the company again. I am very much looking forward to working with Nicola, her experience will be a real asset."

Incoming chief executive, Nicola Shaw said of her appointment:

"It is a tremendously exciting time to be joining HS1. The new shareholders have ensured a smooth transition following the sale and we can now concentrate on the events ahead; the ongoing success of Eurostar and the Southeastern High Speed domestic service as well as working with Deutsche Bahn and other potential operators. The high speed line and our stations are already enjoying a high profile in the build up to the London Olympic Games and our role to help ensure a successful Games will only increase in the build up to 2012."

In November 2010, London & Continental Railways and the Department for Transport announced the successful completion of the sale of the 30 year concession to own and operate High Speed 1 to a consortium of Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

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