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Board member for HS2 re-appointed

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Tom Harris has been re-appointed as a non-executive director to the HS2 board.

His term will be for three years, starting on 1 July. He has been a non-executive board director since July last year.

Tom, a former parliamentarian, undertook the role as a community engagement leader as part of his job, with the aim of ensuring those impacted by the HS2 development are listened to.

He was also a member of the expert challenge panel that played a part in the government’s independent review of the railway industry and recently resulted in the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.

Andrew Stephenson MP.

HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson said: “I am delighted that Tom will be able to continue his important work ensuring that the company remains fully focused on the people the project impacts.

“HS2 is committed to continuously improving its engagement with local communities and minimising the impact of construction wherever possible, through new best practices and cutting-edge innovation.”

Tom Harris said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed to the HS2 Ltd Board. I’ve enjoyed being a part of this project over the past year, helping to strengthen the company’s focus on community engagement and ensure everyone impacted by the new railway feels they are being listened to and treated with respect.”

The process to appoint a new chairman of HS2 is underway, following Allan Cook’s departure on 31 July.

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