Thurston stands down as HS2 CEO

HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston has resigned after nearly six and a half years at the helm of the mega-project. Announcing his decision on July 12, he said that leading the organisation has been the highlight of his career, but that the next 18 to 24 months represent the transition from a construction project to railway systems. As such, he agreed with the Board that someone else should lead the programme through its next stage. 

Thurston leaves on September 29, after which the current chairman of HS2 Sir Jon Thompson will take over as Executive Chairman on an interim basis while a new CEO is found. 

Thurston says he intends to take the rest of the year off before being “ready for new challenges from the beginning of 2024”. 

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