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Securing key skills

The Government has recently announced plans for a new, further education college dedicated to rail engineering skills as part of its initiative to ensure the right numbers of people with the relevant skills exist in the labour market: “The college, and other things we’re doing, will increase the skills base we need,” says West. “We’re also going to be working with Infrastructure UK to look across the whole national infrastructure plan and make sure we understand what the skills needs are across all the big infrastructure projects.”

The task now for the management behind HS2 is to face up to the challenges ahead and progress from the drawing board to the building phase.

Beth West Commercial Director of HS2

Beth joined HS2 Ltd as Commercial Director in October 2012 from Thames Water where she was Head of Commercial for the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

Prior to joining Thames Water, Beth spent eight years at Transport for London (TfL). Beth joined TfL in 2003 and spent the fi rst half of her career there working with Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts, fi rstly as a Principal in the Corporate Finance team and secondly as the Head of Commercial Advisory and Risk at London Underground, providing commercial advice and strategy. In 2009, Beth became Head of Commercial Procurement at London Underground and was responsible for delivering improved commercial capability for the business. In 2011, Beth became Commercial Director at Tube Lines where she was responsible for procurement, risk management, assurance and business planning and controls.

To fi nd out more about the development of HS2 watch KPMG’s video interview.

Before this Beth worked for eight years as a project fi nance banker in New York and London for Société Générale and Credit Suisse, covering the power and oil & gas sectors. Beth started her career on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, working for the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

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