Mark joined High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd in March 2017 as CEO, with more than 30 years’ experience in engineering, project and programme management, and business operations in both the public and private sector. He has a successful track record across major client, consulting and delivery organisations, and was previously the European MD of CH2M. Mark has spent significant time in leadership roles on some of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects and investment programmes, including the London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail.
Mark now has ultimate responsibility for the company delivering a new high speed railway that will connect the major cities of the UK. HS2 Ltd began operations in January 2009 and currently employs around 1,600 people, the majority based at its headquarters in Birmingham. The Project is a £56 billion investment over more than 20 years; the vision is for HS2 to be a catalyst for growth across Britain.
By becoming the backbone of the UK rail network, HS2 will open up regional markets, attract local investment and deliver a stronger, more balanced economy, better able to compete on the global stage. Mark believes that HS2 has the power to be a vehicle for social mobility, improving opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the country and leaving a lasting legacy of jobs and skills.
He started his own career as a technician apprentice on the London Underground.
Mark is a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London (UCL) and an Honorary Fellow of both the Association for Project Management and the Institution of Civil Engineers.