Thursday 31 December 2015
Nicola Shaw, Chief Executive of HS1 Ltd, has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to transport.
Nicola Shaw became Chief Executive of HS1 Ltd in 2011. The company operates, manages and maintains the high-speed railway line connecting London to the Channel Tunnel as well as the stations along the route. This includes St Pancras International, which welcomes over 48 million visitors a year and has been voted the nation’s favourite station in each year since it reopened in 2007. Shaw is currently working on a report for the Government – commissioned jointly by the Chancellor and the Transport Secretary – into the future financing and structure of Network Rail. Her recommendations are due to be submitted by the Budget 2016.
Commenting on her CBE, Nicola Shaw said: “I am both delighted and humbled to receive this honour. I have always been passionate about improving the ways in which people and communities connect, so it is a privilege to be able to work doing what you love and to have your contribution recognised. I see this honour as testimony to the quality of people I have worked with over the years and especially the team and Board at HS1, who have my great thanks.”
Shaw was educated at both Oxford University, where she studied for a bachelor’s degree in History and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she received a master’s in Transportation. She has worked at the World Bank where she was based in the US, an international theme that was continued when she took up a position at the engineering consultancy Halcrow applying her skills in Malaysia, the Philippines and Abu Dhabi, amongst others. Shaw moved to become a Director of FirstGroup PLC, after working for Bechtel and the Strategic Rail Authority. 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.
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 and with her husband, Andrew Lang, is a founding member of the Blue Plaques Club. 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.