High Speed 2 project announces independent design panel members

Team of 45 experts from across all fields of design chosen by panel chair Sadie Morgan to help the project deliver its Design Vision around people, place and time.

Sadie Morgan

The UK’s leading design experts have been named in the new High Speed 2 Independent Design Panel tasked with helping the project apply the best design principles to all its work.

The Panel, chaired by Sadie Morgan, will be the project’s independent advisor, and help it to deliver on the key design principles of it Design Vision around people, place and time.

“The British creative and engineering industry is already delivering outstanding examples of design excellence around the world. HS2 is a huge opportunity to bring that brilliance home,” Sadie Morgan

The 45 experts have been drawn from design fields across multiple industry sectors including: urban; landscape; equality, diversity and inclusion; digital; brand and product and will work alongside internationally-renowned architects; sustainability experts and engineering specialists to help guide HS2’s development.

“I am delighted that we’re now up and running with the HS2 Independent Design Panel. Our aim is to mentor and inspire HS2 to design a transformational railway system which will exceed all of our expectations,” said Morgan at teh launch of the panel.

“The British creative and engineering industry is already delivering outstanding examples of design excellence around the world. HS2 is a huge opportunity to bring that brilliance home,” she added.

Members of the group will form part of regional site-specific design panels, for example at Birmingham Curzon Street station to ensure the whole project design meets the principles of the Design Vision and help the benefits the new high speed rail network flow across the UK

HS2 chief executive, Simon Kirby said: “It’s a mark of HS2’s significance that it’s attracted such a wealth of talent to help us deliver this transformational piece of infrastructure for the nation.”

HS2 Design Panel 

Chair: Sadie Morgan, dRMM

  • Paul Appleby, Sustainability Consultant
  • Reuben Arnold, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Customer Experience, Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • Hiro Aso, Head of Transport and Infrastructure, Gensler
  • David Bonnett, Director, David Bonnett Associates
  • Adam Brown, Partner, Landolt + Brown
  • Patricia Brown, Director, Central
  • Tony Burton CBE, Community and Sustainability Consultant
  • James O’Callaghan, Director at Eckersley O’Callaghan
  • Caroline Cole, Director, Colander Associates
  • Annie Coombs, Landscape Architecture Consultant
  • Nathalie De Vries, Director, MVRDV
  • Dan Epstein, Director of Sustainability, Useful Simple Projects
  • Daisy Froud, Community Consultation Consultant
  • Richard George, Group Managing Director at Interfleet
  • Johanna Gibbons, Partner, J&L Gibbons LLP
  • Clive Grinyer, Customer Experience Director, Barclays
  • Tom Holbrook, Director, 5th Studio
  • Glenn Howells, Glenn Howells Architects
  • Hanif Kara, Design Director and Co-founder at AKT-II
  • David Kester, Principal, David Kester & Associates
  • Martin Knight, Managing Director of Knight Architects
  • Alister Kratt, Board Director, LDA Design
  • Alistair Lenczner, Director, Expedition Engineering
  • Mike Luddy, Managing Director, London Royal Docks
  • Selina Mason, Board Director of LDA Design
  • Peter Maxwell, Head of Design, LLDC
  • Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Birmingham City University
  • Marie Bak Mortensen, Head of Exhibitions, RIBA
  • Lucy Musgrave, Director, Publica
  • Greg Nugent, Co-Founder of Incorporated London
  • Kevin Owens, Director, WilsonOwensOwens
  • Tina Paillet, Head of UK and North America, Generali Real Estate
  • Carol Patterson, Director, OMA
  • Luke Pearson, Director, Pearson Lloyd
  • Sam Richards, Head of Urban Integration at Crossrail
  • Jonathan Sands OBE, Chairman of Elmwood
  • Ann Sawyer, Principal of Access=Design
  • Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate Gallery
  • Les Sparks OBE, Urban Design Consultant
  • Martin Stockley, Engineering Chief, Moscow State Development
  • Ben Terrett, Group Design Director at the Co-Operative Group
  • Raymond Turner, Raymond Turner Associates
  • Paul Watson, Principal of PRW Strategic Advice
  • Simon Wright OBE, Programme Director, Crossrail
  • Beatrix Young, Partner, Farrells
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