Panel Member Opportunities

Independent Chair of HS2 Ecology Review Group


The Ecology Review Group is responsible for reviewing annual reports from the project which detail the results of the monitoring of, and the establishment of new habitats and other ecological mitigation measures, including for protected species. The group will scrutinise relevant data gathered for the purpose of the reports and if necessary will recommend remedial action where mitigation and compensation measures are not meeting objectives.  The group is also involved in helping HS2 Ltd accomplish its commitment to seek to achieve ‘no net loss in biodiversity’. 

Membership of the Ecology Review Group consists of the following:

  • High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
  • Department for Transport
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural England
  • Forestry Commission
  • Relevant local authorities
  • Relevant NGO’s such as the Woodland Trust & Royal Society for Wildlife Trusts
  • Other relevant specialists as necessary

Role Purpose  

To lead and represent the Ecology Review Group while maintaining independence from HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport and helping to deliver the objectives of the Group.  The role would be for 2 years with the option to renew subject to review by the Group and final sign off by HS2 Ltd and DfT

The role requires an experienced and knowledgeable individual with leadership experience within a similar sized programme who has the ability to effectively work with other Group members. The key aim will be to influence and direct the programme, assisting the Group in the delivery objectives.

  • To lead and represent the Ecology Review Group;
  • To ensure the independence of the Group while maintaining effective relationships with HS2 Ltd and the DfT;
  • To chair biannual meetings of the group
  • To work with the Group members and the Secretariat to ensure the effective operation of the Group, this will include management of attendance;
  • To ensure the Group supports the agreed objectives and outcomes as per the Terms of Reference;
  • To input into providing a record of the recommendations’ made to ensure accountability;
  • To ensure the Group undertakes its role in an open, inclusive and transparent manner;

Candidate specification

  • Proven track record demonstrating the ability to chair high level / expert groups with responsibility for making recommendations affecting policy on large projects;
  • Demonstrable evidence of exemplary team working and consensual decision-making;
  • Ability to synthesise and summarise disparate or conflicting views and reach salient conclusions;
  • Ability to work in a high profile role under close public scrutiny;
  • Proven skillset of speaking in public and to the media;
  • Availability and ability to commit up to 8 days per annum to include attendance at meetings on 2 days per annum in either Central London or Birmingham.
  • Ability to command respect with public, political and professional audiences;
  • Proven significant leadership gained within the public, private or voluntary sectors;
  • An ability to think objectively and be strategic and analytical;
  • Previous experience of working in a non-executive role in public life;
  • Ensures health & safety requirements are at the top of any agenda;
  • Knowledge of planning consents
  • A background in Ecology
  • Experience of working with a variety of environmental, community or business NGOs.

Location: Group meetings will take place either in central London or in Birmingham

For further information about this role and to apply, please see send your CV and covering letter to  

Daily Stipend payable for variable number of days per annum. (Anticipated c.8 days per annum)

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on 8th June 2018.  

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