New HS2 chair to earn £200k part-time

The Department for Transport (DfT) has advertised for a new chair of HS2 Ltd - a part-time role worth £200,000 a year.

The new chair will bring in £40,000 more than the PM currently earns even after expenses (though not including renovation costs). Last financial year, 2020-21, the prime minister is reported to have received around £157,000.

Despite being paid £200,000 for three days of work a week, the new HS2 chair will actually be earning around £30,000 less than the current chair, Allan Cook, who has said he will not apply for an extension to his job.

Applications for the position, which is advertised as being 'a challenging and unique role', close on 20 May.

The DfT said: 'This is a global search for a world-class candidate who will take on leadership of a project that is unprecedented in terms of scale, complexity, speed, and mission.

'HS2 is a once-in-a-generation investment in the UK’s transport infrastructure. As chair of HS2 Ltd, exceptional leadership and brilliant communication must go hand in hand with a proven track record in delivery, to help unlock the multiple benefits of HS2 and the great potential of the many people working on this project.'

Among other qualities candidates must have the ability to lead a board of a large organisation and must be 'politically astute both in managing relationships and in building support amongst a range of diverse stakeholders'.

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