We are a campaign, independent from the Government and HS2 Ltd, representing employers from across the country who believe Britain needs a modern, high speed rail network to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
Our case is backed by business people from across the country. Some of these business people employ large numbers of people, some employ just a handful.
We are united by a belief that high speed rail will significantly help Britain’s economy, creating jobs and boosting parts of the country that need it, particularly in the Midlands and the North. We also believe that it will make ordinary passengers’ lives easier by freeing up capacity on existing lines, bringing better services to more people.
Professor David Begg
Professor David Begg is the Director for the Campaign for High Speed Rail. He is also the Chief Executive of Transport Times and the Director of Portobello Partnership. He sits on the boards of numerous transport-related projects and companies including FirstGroup and BAA, as well as the Greater Manchester Transport Executive and the Business Infrastructure Commission. He was formerly the Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport and sat on the board of the Northern Way Transport Compact. He is also a Visiting Professor in Sustainable Transport at Plymouth University, and has an international reputation as a commentator on transport issues.
Adam Raphael is a Director of the Campaign and an Associate Editor of Transport Times. He has been covering the politics of transport for the past forty years and has been an advocate of the merits of high-speed rail for more than two decades. A winner of Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards, Adam is a former presenter of BBC’s Newsnight programme and is a regular current guest on BBC World’s Dateline programme. He has been a Foreign Correspondent for The Guardian, Political Editor and Executive Editor of The Observer, and Home Affairs Editor of The Economist. He is the author of two books, My Learned Friends, a study of the British libel laws (WH Allen 1990) and Ultimate Risk, the story of the collapse of the Lloyd’s insurance market (Bantam 1994).
Nigel is a member of the Campaign’s governance board and the Managing Editor & Events Director of RAIL magazine. He has had a long career in railway publishing. He co-launched and ran Silver Link, his own book publishing company from 1984 until 1990. He’s also edited six national railway magazines, including Steam Railway, Steam World and Trains Illustrated and he’s the author of around ten specialist books on railways and shipping. Nigel is the Chairman of the Great Central Development Company Ltd, which is rebuilding the missing 500m of dismantled mainline infrastructure to reunite the separated portions of the Grand Central Railway. Nigel is also a regular source of analysis and opinion in the national and local media on rail-related issues. In his spare time, he is a locomotive driver on the Great Central Railway, in Leicestershire.
Our National Council
- Mr Dennis Curran, Chairman, Barhale Construction plc
- Mr Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
- Mr Gareth Morgan, Deputy Chair, Birmingham Future
- Mr Jonathan Enever, Director, Gleeds Cost Management Limited
- Mr Alistair Dormer, Managing Director, Hitachi Europe Ltd
- Mr Paul Chapman, Managing Director, HS1 Ltd
- Mr Tim Garratt, Director, Innes England
- Prof Peter Moizer, Dean, Leeds University Business School
- Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, Chairman, Nomura
- Professor David Begg, Chief Executive, Transport Times Ltd.
- Mr Andrew Eyre, Executive Chairman, TSL Turton Ltd
- Mr Philip Green, Chief Executive Officer, United Utilities
- Mr Dalton Philips, Chief Executive, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
- Mr Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Policy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
- Ms Miranda Barker, Managing Director, Allan-Environmental Solutions
- Mr Azmat Mohammed, CEO, ID Interactive
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