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Highways England director moves to HS2

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HS2 Ltd has appointed David Poole, Highways England’s former executive director for commercial and procurement, as its own procurement and supply chain director.

David will be responsible for for contracting, procurement, commercial assurance, governance and efficiency delivery across £3.5 billion a year of supply chain spending – including four new stations, railway systems and the state-of-the-art trains that will run on them.

Before David’s nine-year spell at Highways England, he was supply chain director at GE Aviation, leading their commercial and supply chain activity.

Hs2 Ltd CEO Mark Thurston said: “[David’s] experience of managing large-scale procurement and complex supply chains will be invaluable as we continue to recruit the contractors we need to deliver the railway on time and on budget.”

David Poole added: “HS2 will transform the experience of rail travel for huge numbers of people across the UK and provide a major boost to economic growth. I am excited to be joining the project at such an important time its development and look forward to getting started.”

David will be based at HS2 Ltd’s headquarters in Birmingham and report directly to the chief finance officer. He will take up his role in March.

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