East West Railway Company appoint Beth West as new CEO

Today we've announced that Beth West will be appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from 1st April 2022.

Beth will succeed Simon Blanchflower who will be retiring on 31st March 2022(2). Beth brings notable strengths to EWR including a successful track record in innovative construction in transport and infrastructure; experience of working together with communities and strategic partners; and a passionate commitment to using infrastructure to deliver real improvements for local people and businesses.

The new East West Rail line currently under construction, promises new, much needed connections for communities between Oxford and Cambridge including Bedford, Milton Keynes, Bletchley and Bicester. The line will provide reliable public transport in the area – the lack of which is holding people back from enjoying their region, restricts access to good jobs and has created bubbles of inaccessible, expensive housing.

Beth joins after a period of consulting, having previously been the Regional South Managing Director at Balfour Beatty where she had responsibility for a wide array of civil engineering and building projects. Beth has a rich knowledge of the transport sector, strong commercial acumen, and a long track record in driving construction innovation. Her previous positions include being Commercial Director for HS2; Head of Development for Landsec; and spending nine years in several roles at Transport for London.

Beth’s drive for innovation has resulted in significant transformations in the industry. At Landsec, she worked on The Forge, constructed using a platform-led approach to design and construction, resulting in large reductions in material usage and waste. Another of her projects - Timber Square - was designed from the outset to simultaneously address the climate emergency and have a positive impact on people’s quality of life, through the choice of materials and approach to construction. 

Beth is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers; the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply; and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.