FORMER FirstGroup executive John Evans has been appointed the first chief executive of the Doncaster-based National College for High Speed Rail.
Mr Evans was group HR director at transport firm FirstGroup with his career also including spells at Strathclyde Police, Diageo and British Airways.
Doncaster and Birmingham will jointly host the National College for High Speed Rail which is being set up by the Government to ensure there are enough engineers with the skills needed to build HS2 and later high speed rail projects.
It is due to open its doors in September 2017 although the final funding for the college has yet to be agreed.
Mr Evans said: “I am delighted to be joining the college at an exciting and pivotal point in its development. The opportunity to be involved in shaping the college is a huge professional and personal incentive for me.
“I am passionate about the development of young engineering and other talent and I believe it to be critical to building the UK’s future workforce. I am really looking forward to playing a key role in developing the college which will contribute hugely to the delivery of HS2.”