HS2 Ltd, the state-owned company overseeing the London - Birmingham high-speed construction project, has confirmed the appointment of Mr Mark Wild as its new CEO.

With a career spanning nearly four decades, Wild is described as one of the most respected figures in the British infrastructure industry. He is most notable for serving as the CEO of Crossrail for four years during the final stages of the cross-London tunnel project, which entered service as the Elizabeth Line in 2022.

Wild has also served as managing director of London Underground (LU) and chief executive of Public Transport Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Most recently he served as CEO of SGN, the gas distribution network covering Scotland and the southeast of England.

No date has been confirmed for Wild to take up his new role at HS2 Ltd. He will succeed Mr Mark Thurston who led HS2 Ltd for six-and-a-half years up to the end of September 2023. Sir Jon Thompson, who led the search for a new CEO, will remain in his position as executive chair of HS2 Ltd.

"I look forward to leading HS2 as it progresses from major construction works to its rail systems phase and beyond to the first passenger services,” Wild says. “The scale and ambition of HS2 is phenomenal and will deliver wide-reaching benefits for the UK through more jobs, economic growth and better journeys.”