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Ex-Go Ahead chief to be named HS1 chair

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The former CEO of Go-Ahead Group, Keith Ludeman, is set to become the new chair of HS1.

Keith became a non-executive director for HS1 on April 30 and will succeed Rob Holden in his new post from September, 2018.

He has previously served as a non-executive director for Network Rail, Aspin Group and TXM Plant and will remain as a non-executive director of Interserve until June this year.

In addition, he is also currently a non-executive chair of the board of trustees of the London Transport Museum and a non-executive director of Eversholt Rail Group.

As CEO of Go-Ahead Group, Keith played a key role in introducing Southeastern high-speed train services to HS1.

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Keith Ludeman. Photo: HS1 Ltd.
Keith Ludeman. Photo: HS1 Ltd.

He said: “High Speed 1 has never been more popular, with strong demand for Southeastern high speed services, and new international routes just launched with Eurostar. I am looking forward to working with Dyan Crowther and the board to guide the company through the next phase of development of this vital UK asset.”

Outgoing chair Rob Holden added: “Stepping down from my role at HS1 will bring to an end my 22-year association with the UK’s first high speed railway. From 1996, when the railway was known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and was a paper design, I have been privileged to lead great teams of people through construction, commissioning, the Royal opening in 2007 and operation. With HS1 celebrating a decade of successful operations and with the 150th anniversary of St Pancras Station, HS1 Ltd is in a position of great strength.

“In Keith Ludeman, HS1 Ltd has secured the services of a superb chairman with extensive experience of the sector. He is a good choice to lead the board as High Speed 1 builds on its success.”

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