Tuesday 02 December 2014

HS1 appoints new Engineering Director

Sean Horkan has been appointed as Engineering Director for HS1 Ltd. He joins from Heathrow Airport Holdings and has 25 years of airport experience in various roles in relation to operational management, infrastructure management and terminal development. Sean succeeds Richard Martin who postponed his move back to international consultancy to serve as an interim Engineering Director until a permanent  appointment could be made and will now be leaving at the end of March. Sean will join HS1 in February 2015.

Sean’s role at HS1 will be focussed on working with customers and business partners to ensure continuous improvement of asset performance in the short term and the development of asset investment plans that accommodate future growth and reduce whole life costs over the long term.

Nicola Shaw, CEO of HS1 Ltd said: “I have enormous pleasure in welcoming Sean to HS1 and look forward to working with him. His in-depth experience with complex infrastructure asset management and with the operation of airport terminals will prove a very good grounding point for our work at HS1 with international travellers and high speed assets. At the same time I thank Richard for all that he has done at HS1 in various different roles – firstly as Business Services Director and more recently as Interim Engineering Director. Without his commitment we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

Sean Horkan said: “I am delighted to be joining HS1 at this time, as the demand for both UK and international high-speed services continues to grow. Working in strong and proactive partnerships has been central to my work at Heathrow, and is also at the heart of the HS1’s success. The line has an enviable service and safety record and I look forward to building on these achievements to further develop the service offered.”

Richard Martin said: “I have greatly enjoyed my time at HS1 and the part I have been able to play in making it such a success. It is a truly unique part of the UK’s transport infrastructure and I wish it, the company and Sean, well for the future.”