The Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, has announced the appointment of Keith Wallace as Chairman of Crossrail International (CI), a UK government arm’s length body, wholly owned by the Department for Transport, effective 1 July 2021.
Keith brings over 20 years of leadership experience at board level to his new role, together with a passion for good corporate governance. He has held senior positions in the public transport sector, including the Merseyrail (Serco/Abellio JV), Serco Caledonian Sleeper and Govia Thameslink Railway franchises and is currently a non-executive director of Dublin Bus and Scottish Autism.
Keith has also worked on High Speed 2 (HS2), Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and Crossrail, where his first involvement was in the early 1990s. He spent over 20 years at URS/Scott Wilson (now part of AECOM) where he led the firm’s international rail business and served on the Executive Committee.
A Chartered Director and Chartered Engineer, Keith has been appointed for a period of three years, succeeding Sir Terry Morgan CBE who served as founding Chairman since CI’s establishment in September 2017.
“I’d like to welcome and congratulate Keith who joins Crossrail International at an exciting time as the company grows internationally and extends its work helping cities across the world to unlock the potential of world-class transport networks,” said Grant Shapps.
“I am grateful to Sir Terry Morgan for the excellent job he has done as founding chairman in establishing the company and proving that there is global demand for British insight and expertise in delivering complex megaprojects.”
CI Chief Executive Officer, Paul Dyson, commented: “I welcome Keith as our new Chairman. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Crossrail International’s core business, together with hands-on experience of working internationally. These are valuable skills that will help us to continue to grow CI’s influence and impact as a trusted strategic advisor to clients around the world.”
“I am looking forward to working with the CI team, its expert advisers and the Department for Transport, to grow the company and identify new opportunities for British businesses to win more work overseas and support UK government trade objectives,” said Keith Wallace.
“I am grateful to Sir Terry, who has provided steadfast leadership in the crucial first few years of the company’s development. I look forward to building on these strong foundations to continue to grow CI’s global reputation.”