HS2 appoints COO and CFO

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Photo: HS2.
Photo: HS2.

A new chief operating officer (COO) and chief finance officer (CFO) have been appointed at HS2 Ltd.

Richard Robinson joins HS2 as COO from AECOM, where he was chief executive of civil infrastructure in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa.

At AECOM, Richard led the growth of the civil infrastructure business, first as managing director and then chief executive, leading 8,000 people across four regions.

Prior to this, Richard was the managing director of AECOM’s transportation business in Europe. Before joining AECOM Richard held leadership roles at Heathrow Express, Tickex.com and Anglo American.


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Michael Bradley is also joining the company as CFO. Michael comes from Defence Equipment and Support, an arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, where he is CFO and director general resources, and has been acting chief executive officer since December 2017.

Michael has extensive experience in the public and private sectors where he has been responsible for financial accounting and planning and internal auditing and assurance.

At HS2, Michael will be leading the finance team, corporate sponsorship, and the programme management office.

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “HS2 … is a hugely important project that will leave a significant economic legacy here in the UK and it is imperative that we have the best people in place to deliver our ambitions.”


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