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Against wind, for hot airChristine Emmett, Neil Masom and Baroness Jo Valentine have been appointed non-executive directors of HS2 Ltd by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, the company announced.

[HS2 Ltd, 20 October 2014]

Commenting, HS2 Ltd Chairman David Higgins said:

“Delivering HS2 will be as complex as it will be significant for the country. We therefore need Board Members who understand the technical, financial and community issues that will confront us. Jo, Christine and Neil, working with the existing Members of the Board, will bring the cumulative experience we need for the massive task we face. I am delighted to welcome them to the Board.”

Neil Masom said: “I am extremely pleased to have been invited by the Secretary of State to join HS2’s board. It is an extremely exciting project that has huge potential to act as a catalyst to boost British industry and create new economic opportunities. Coming from north west England I think High Speed Two’s arrival is a fantastic opportunity for the region.”

Christine Emmett said: “Having worked at British Rail and been involved with the Channel Tunnel project much of my working life has been rail-focused, so naturally I am greatly looking forward to joining HS2. It is a fantastic project that carries Britain’s railways into the 21st century with confidence and optimism.”

Baroness Jo Valentine said: “HS2 is a hugely important and exciting project that holds out the prospect of recasting the economic geography of Britain. I am delighted to take up this new position on HS2 Ltd’s Board as we work towards securing its full potential for the country.”

On her website, Ms Emmett trumpets her involvement with the disastrous pseudo-privatisation of British Rail, and the equally lamentable Channel Tunnel project.

[Christine Emmett website]

Christine has had extensive experience advising on major infrastructure, new hospitals and transport. She was responsible for expenditure of £450 million on the Channel Tunnel project and was Commercial Director for the British Rail privatisation unit. She has been a Non Executive Director of 2 large health trusts. She started her career as a buyer with Marks and Spencer.

As a county councillor she has the Health portfolio and is chair of the Health and Well Being Board. Christine stood in the recent parliamentary by-election at Corby and East Northamptonshire.

‘My political priorities include:

Tackling rural poverty
Protecting our green belt
Creating a sound economy, with low tax and individual business freedom
Renegotiation of the EU relationship
Equipping the military to the highest standards
Maximising education opportunities
Managing immigration
Investing in infrastructure
Sentencing that does what it says’

“Christine has great experience of business, in the public and private sector and how this relates to government. She is a gifted communicator and has an appealing character. We should jump at the chance to have such a high quality experienced individual… I recommend her without reservation.”

Rt. Hon William Hague MP First Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Christine’s previous political achievements include:

Parliamentary candidate in the 2012 Corby by-election
Working with No 10 and the Cabinet Office on increasing awareness of public appointments
Member of William Hague’s Northern Transport Commission
Board member of Conservative Cooperative movement
Recruited over 100 members to a business club
Advised Chris Grayling and John Redwood on economy and transport
Successful campaigner across the country

Baroness Valentine’s London First is one of the big-business special interest outfits lobbying for the hugely flawed Crossrail 2, and against re-allocating roadspace to London cyclists.

Chris Heaton-Harris (‏@chhcalling): Disappointed with HS2 announcement. Simply don't believe Govt/Dept of Transport can deliver value for money on such big contracts.
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Written by beleben

October 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Posted in HS1, HS2, Politics

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