Press Release

Balfour Beatty appoints Nigel Russell as HS2 Major Projects, Chief Executive Officer

15 November 2023


Balfour Beatty has today announced that Nigel Russell, currently Project Director of Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA’s HS2 Old Oak Common station project, has been promoted to HS2 Major Projects Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 01 January 2024.

Nigel will be responsible Balfour Beatty’s HS2 interests and will lead the delivery of Balfour Beatty VINCI’s HS2 Area North contracts, including any future package of works along this route, as well as the HS2 Old Oak Common station project. Nigel will report directly into Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty’s Group Chief Executive.

Nigel joined Balfour Beatty in 1981 as a Graduate Engineer on the M25 Yeovney to Poyle project and has since directed several high profile and complex multidisciplinary transport projects in the road and rail sectors including the M1/A1 DBFO contract, the London Underground PPP, Crossrail, the West Coast Mainline upgrade and the M25 Connect Plus DBFO.

Michael Dyke, Chief Executive Officer, HS2 Major Projects, will be leaving Balfour Beatty at the end of this year to take up a new opportunity in Saudi Arabia. 

Since re-joining Balfour Beatty in early 2020, Michael has led the Group’s interests in HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, mobilising and leading a 9,000 strong workforce which has made a major contribution to the reshaping of infrastructure in the UK, setting new standards and driving innovation in health safety, sustainability and diversity and inclusion.


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group with over 25,000 employees driving the delivery of powerful new solutions, shaping thinking, creating skylines and inspiring a new generation of talent to be the change-makers of tomorrow.
  • We finance, develop, build, maintain and operate the increasingly complex and critical infrastructure that supports national economies and deliver projects at the heart of local communities.
  • Over the last 114 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world. Currently, we are working to deliver Hinkley Point C, the first UK nuclear power station in a generation; constructing the world-class arts and cultural facility, the Lyric Theatre, in Hong Kong; and designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the Automated People Mover superstructure at the fifth busiest airport in the world, Los Angeles International Airport.

Antonia Walton

Head of Corporate Communications