During his time at Amey the company delivered major road and rail projects, including the maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge. Prior to that he was MD at ADI group, a provider of transport services across Europe.

Commenting on his appointment, Mel Elwell said: “As well as the benefits of improved connectivity and capacity, the skills and knowledge gained through delivering HS2 will make Britain a world leader in infrastructure projects. HS2 is a truly exciting endeavour that has the potential transform the UK’s infrastructure industry. The opportunity to play a role in creating this legacy is s too good to miss.”

HS2 chairman David Higgins added: “We are looking for leaders with experience of large and complex construction challenges to advise our work, and Mel certainly fits that description. He transformed Amey into one of the UK’s most successful engineering and infrastructure companies, and HS2 will certainly benefit from his considerable industry knowledge.”