New HS2 Major Projects CEO at Balfour Beatty


Balfour Beatty has appointed a new HS2 Major Projects chief executive officer. 

Credit: Balfour Beatty and HS2.
Nigel Russell. Credit: Balfour Beatty.

Nigel Russell, project director of Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA’s HS2 Old Oak Common station project, will succeed Michael Dyke who is leaving the company at the end of the year. 

Russell will report directly to Group chief executive Leo Quinn, be responsible for Balfour’s HS2 interests and lead delivery of it and VINCI’s HS2 Area North contracts, as well as the Old Oak Common project. 

He joined the Group in 1981 as a graduate engineer on the M25 Yeovney-to-Poyle project and has since directed several high-profile and complex multidisciplinary transport schemes in the road and rail sectors, including the M1/A1 DBFO contract, the London Underground PPP, Crossrail, the West Coast Mainline upgrade and the M25 Connect Plus DBFO. 

Since rejoining Balfour Beatty in early 2020, Dyke led the Group’s interests in HS2, mobilising and leading a 9,000-strong workforce. 

Russell will begin his new role from 1 January 2024. 

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