Monday 22 February 2016

HS1 Chief Executive Nicola Shaw receives CBE

HS1’s Chief Executive, Nicola Shaw, received a CBE from HRH The Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday, in recognition of her services to transport.

Commenting after the ceremony, Nicola Shaw said: “It was an absolute privilege to receive this honour today. Improving the ways in which people and communities are able to connect has always been a passion of mine, so I am particularly delighted and humbled to have my contribution to the industry recognised. I would like to give thanks to all those I have worked with over the years, especially the team and Board at HS1.”   

Nicola Shaw became Chief Executive of HS1 Ltd in 2011. Prior to this she was a Director of FirstGroup PLC. For the five years to 2010, she was Managing Director of the £1.3 billion revenue, 25,000 staff bus division in UK, Ireland and Germany. Before joining FirstGroup, Shaw had positions with the Strategic Rail Authority and Office of Rail Regulation as well as with Bechtel, Halcrow, the World Bank and London Transport. She is currently undertaking a review for the Government – commissioned jointly by the Chancellor and the Transport Secretary – into the future financing and structure of Network Rail, due to be submitted by the Budget 2016.

She was a Non-Executive Director of the Aer Lingus Group plc from 2010 to 2015 when it was sold to IAG and is a member of the Department for Transport’s Rail Franchise Advisory Panel. She is now a Non-Executive Director of Ellevio AB, a Swedish electricity distribution company and is on the audit committee of English Heritage. She also previously served as a Trustee of Transaid, an international UK development charity dedicated to reducing poverty across the developing world through better transport.

Nicola Shaw’s CBE was announced as part of the 2015 New Years’ Honours.