Train boss is a potash director

David Higgins
David Higgins

NETWORK RAIL’S top boss has been appointed to sit on the board at the firm proposing to build a potash mine near Scarborough.

The directors of Sirius Minerals have announced the appointment of Sir David Higgins as a non-executive director with the group.

Sir David is replacing Derek Stonley who is stepping down from the board after eight years.

Russell Scrimshaw, chairman of Sirius, said: “We are very pleased that David has accepted our invitation to serve as a Non-Executive Director of Sirius. David’s experience in large scale project development will be of great value as we move forward with the development of Sirius, and especially our flagship York Potash Project. I look forward to working closely with David over the coming years.

“I would like to thank Derek for his eight years of service with Sirius where his geological and project evaluation skills have been of great benefit.”

Sir David currently chairs the authority responsible for the United Kingdom’s rail network, with an asset value of £40 billion.

Previously he was the chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority from March 2006 until January 2011, responsible for Venues, Infrastructure and Spectator Transport for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralymic Games with a budget of £8 billion.

Sir David’s earlier career includes spells as chief executive of English Partnerships and global property group Lend Lease.