Conflict of interest fears raised over HS2 interim chief

Extracts from an article written by Gill Plimmer, Reporter at the Financial Times.

“Controversy flares over links to company bidding for millions of pounds of contracts.

The £56bn next phase of the UK’s high-speed rail system is facing renewed controversy after the appointment of an interim chief executive who works for a company that is bidding for millions of pounds of contracts on the line.” [...]

“It emerged last year that 46 staff working on the project earned more than the prime minister. Mr Kirby was the UK’s highest paid civil servant on £750,000 a year, while Sir David Higgins, the chairman, makes £242,400 for a three-day week.

HS2 has also awarded the recruitment company Penna £1.35m over three years from June to select and attract staff, according to TussellAnalytics, a data provider that analyses purchasing by the public sector.” [...]

Read the full article on the Financial Times’ website.


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