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New Crossrail Board appointments

By Peter MacLennan

New Crossrail Board appointments

Crossrail Limited today announced a new Non-Executive appointment to the Crossrail Board.

Former Arup Chairman Terry Hill CBE will join the Board on 1 September 2011.

Current Non-Executive Board member, Heather Rabbatts CBE, has been re-appointed for a further three-year term from 13 August 2011.

Patrick Crawford will step-down from the Board when his current three-year term expires on 31 July 2011.

Rob Holden CBE stepped down as Crossrail Chief Executive and member of the Crossrail Board on 10 July 2011.

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE will now join Crossrail as Chief Executive in late August 2011.

Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan said:

“Crossrail is now quickly advancing towards the start of intensive construction. All the major tunnelling contracts have been awarded, the first of the main construction contracts for the central London stations has been let, work is underway to manufacture the tunnel boring machines and the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy is nearing completion. Now is therefore the right time to further strengthen the Crossrail Board.

“I’m delighted that Terry Hill will be joining the Board. Terry has significant construction industry experience having led one of the UK’s leading engineering companies and will bring invaluable expertise in major transport infrastructure delivery.”

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Notes to Editors

Terry Hill CBE

Terry Hill is a civil engineer and former Chairman of Arup Group, the global engineering, planning, design and technology consultants. His career has covered all aspect of infrastructure - managing major projects in the transport sector, and has wide experience of rail projects. He was Technical Director of Union Railways, the firm that delivered the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, now called High Speed 1. He has previously also led the development of Arup’s transport market, most of which operates outside the UK. He is committed to, and has a track record in, providing society’s much needed world class infrastructure to time and budget.

Terry Hill is currently Chairman of the Trust that owns Arup Group and is helping develop its rail business in continental Europe. He serves on several industry bodies including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure & Urban Development, the Advisory Council of the UK Treasury’s Infrastructure UK and chairs UKTI’s export promotion Construction Sector Advisory Group.

Heather Rabbatts CBE 

Heather Rabbatts was appointed to the Crossrail Board in August 2008.

Heather Rabbatts is a qualified Barrister and held a number of senior executive positions across the public sector, sport and broadcasting. After 15 years as a CEO of local authorities, including a turn around at the London Borough of Lambeth ,supporting major regeneration initiatives of the South Bank and in particular the London Eye, she then moved into broadcasting. A governor of the BBC, a senior executive at Channel 4, and subsequently the Chairman of Shed Media, one of the foremost production companies in both the UK and US, overseeing their sale to Time Warner.

Heather has worked in private equity and public markets including the restructuring of Millwall FC, securing the involvement of an American investment banker and their sporting promotion.

Throughout her executive career she has held a number of non executive positions including the Bank of England, the London School of Economics and currently the Royal Opera House.

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE 

Andrew Wolstenholme graduated from Southampton University in 1981 with a 1st class honours degree in Civil Engineering. He served in the British Army for 5 years, first in the Royal Engineers and later as an Irish Hussar.

He resigned his commission in 1985 to pursue a career in engineering and joined Arup, the international engineering consultants, as a bridge designer. He was later seconded to Schal Associates in Chicago where he worked on tall buildings along side some of the great American architects. He moved to Hong Kong in 1992 and worked on some of the major infrastructure projects in South East Asia at that time, including Hong Kong Airport and the Western Harbour Tunnel Crossing.

Andrew joined BAA plc in 1997 as Construction Director on the Heathrow Express Rail Link. He went on to lead, as Programme Director, the delivery of Heathrow’s £4.3bn Terminal 5 and later became BAA’s Director of Capital Projects. Andrew joined Balfour Beatty in 2009. He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in June 2009.

On 18 May 2011, it was confirmed that Andrew Wolstenholme would be the new Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited. The Chief Executive is a member of the Crossrail Board.

Crossrail Board Membership

Membership of the Crossrail Board as of 1 September 2011 will be:

  • Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman
  • Andrew Wolstenholme OBE
  • David Allen, Finance Director
  • Ian Brown CBE
  • Michael Cassidy CBE
  • Sir Joe Dwyer
  • Phil Gaffney
  • Terry Hill CBE (from 1 September 2011)
  • Sir Mike Hodgkinson
  • Robert Jennings CBE
  • Andy Mitchell, Programme Director
  • Heather Rabbatts CBE

About Crossrail

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts.

When Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London's position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.