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Crossrail Chief Executive Appointed

By Alick Whitfield

Rob Holden CBE to be Chief Executive from April 2009.  Crossrail senior team strengthened by further appointments.

Douglas Oakervee OBE, Executive Chairman Cross London Rail Links Ltd today announced that Rob Holden CBE, the current Chief Executive of London and Continental Railways will become Crossrail's Chief Executive with effect from 1 April 2009.

As announced on 17 November 2008, Douglas Oakervee will move across to take up the new post of Non-Executive Chairman when Mr Holden joins Crossrail. Mr Oakervee will remain in post until Terry Morgan CBE takes over as Crossrail Chairman later in the year.

Following Parliamentary approval of the Crossrail Act in July, the status of Cross London Rail Links Limited (CLRL) has changed from that of a planning and promotional organisation to the delivery agent for this vital new railway. To reflect this change CLRL became Crossrail Limited with effect from 30 January 2009.

Douglas Oakervee said: “Rob Holden’s appointment is good news for Crossrail and a further significant step for the project. Rob brings exceptional experience in delivering major projects, most recently with High Speed One. I am delighted that Rob will be at the helm as Crossrail moves into the critical construction and delivery phase of the project.”

Rob Holden said: “Crossrail is a massive project and one that brings enormous benefits for London, the South East and the whole of the UK. It will deliver fast and frequent services across the Capital, linking the important business hubs of Heathrow, the West End, City and Canary Wharf. When it opens in 2017 Crossrail will provide an additional 10 per cent to London’s rail-based public transport capacity. I am very excited to be joining the project. I am looking forward to working firstly with Doug and then Terry and all the Crossrail team in delivering this world class railway.”

Crossrail also announced further appointments to the project’s senior executive team. Valerie Todd has joined Crossrail from TfL as Talent and Resources Director, Lesley Calladine joins from Serco and takes up her position of Health & Safety Director on 23 February, David Allen will join Crossrail from Laing O’Rourke on 2 March as Finance Director.

Commenting on these appointments Douglas Oakervee said: “I have great pleasure in welcoming Valerie, Lesley and David to the Crossrail management team. They bring a wealth of talent and experience to the project. Together with today’s announcement of Rob Holden’s appointment they will complement and strengthen the Crossrail executive as the project moves towards the construction of the railway.”

Further information:

Rob Holden CBE

Rob Holden joined London & Continental Railways in October 1996 as finance director, later becoming chief operating officer. Rob was also chairman of Eurostar (UK) Limited and a director of the Eurostar Group.

Following the restructuring of the LCR business and the High Speed 1 (HS1) project in 1998/99, in which he played a leading part, Rob was appointed Chief Executive in January 1999. This huge infrastructure project – the UK’s then biggest ever construction project was brought in on time and within budget.

Rob will join Crossrail as Chief Executive on 1 April 2009.