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New Year’s Honour for Shaw

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Nicola Shaw, chief executive of HS1, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to transport.

Nicola Shaw became chief executive of HS1 Ltd in 2011. Shaw is currently working on a report for the Government on the future financing and structure of Network Rail.

Says Nicola, ‘I am both delighted and humbled to receive this honour. I have always been passionate about improving the ways in which people and communities connect, so it is a privilege to be able to work doing what you love and to have your contribution recognised.

‘I see this honour as testimony to the quality of people I have worked with over the years and especially the team and Board at HS1, who have my great thanks.’

Shaw was educated at both Oxford University, where she read History and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received a master’s in transportation.

She has worked at the World Bank in the US, and for the engineering consultancy Halcrow in Malaysia, the Philippines and Abu Dhabi.

Shaw moved to become a director of FirstGroup PLC, after working for Bechtel and the Strategic Rail Authority. With her husband, Andrew Lang, she is a founding member of the Blue Plaques Club.

Photo: Sam Lane Photography.