A new chair has been appointed to the Independent Assurance Panel for High Speed Two.
Professor Gordon Masterton, a Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), will fulfil the role of overseeing the panel.
The panel, appointed by the Institution, provides independent peer review and strategic advice on procurement matters.
Professor Gordon Masterton said of his appointment:
"I feel privileged to take on the role of Chair of this important panel. The expertise and impartiality of the assurance panel will provide robust and healthy challenge to HS2’s internal processes, and indeed any other matters put forward, improving the quality of procurement."
As part of ICE's role in ensuring engineering best practice, it appoints independent panels on behalf of infrastructure clients. The members of these panels act in an independent capacity, as ICE appointees. Their role is advisory only and they are there to give independent advice and challenge to the project plans.