Highways England names acting chief executive

07/01/2021
Dominic Browne

Highways England has announced that Nick Harris will be acting chief executive from 1 February when Jim O’Sullivan steps down from the role.

Mr Harris (pictured) is currently the executive director of operations at the government-owned company, which he joined in 2016.

He is a civil engineer with extensive experience in delivering multi-million pound infrastructure programmes. His career also includes senior roles in water utilities across the UK and overseas.

Since joining Highways England he has been responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of the strategic road network, including the traffic officers who work around the clock to resolve incidents and protect road users.

In this role, he has 'spearheaded changes in the way we work with our supply chain and introduced innovative ways of working to provide the best possible quality of service to road users and local communities' Highways England said.

Highways England chair Dipesh J Shah OBE commented: 'I’m confident he’ll build on the work we have all done since 2015 to make Highways England the successful organisation it is today.

'I’d like to thank Jim O’Sullivan for all he has achieved at Highways England. Since he joined the company in 2015 he has been instrumental in so many positive things. He leaves behind a reputation for delivery that is on time and on budget as well as improvements in the culture of customer service and safety that runs through everything we do.'

Mr Harris said: 'Our road network has always played a vital role in connecting the country and boosting the economy, and now even more so. I’m delighted to be taking over, as we move into the second year of our second roads programme.'

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