16/05/2013 Eurostar International appoints Clare Hollingsworth as Chairman

16 May 2013

The Board of Eurostar International today announces the appointment of Clare Hollingsworth as Chairman.  Clare will succeed Richard Brown who has decided to step down from the Board when his three year term as Chairman comes to an end on 30 June this year. 

The Board wishes to thank Richard for his major contribution to the development of Eurostar over the last 11 years and the transformation of Eurostar from an unincorporated partnership to a unified corporate entity, Eurostar International Ltd, in 2010. 

Richard joined Eurostar as Chief Executive in 2002 and over seven years led the business through the successful launch of high-speed passenger rail services in the UK and the seamless transfer of Eurostar services from Waterloo to St Pancras station.  He became Chairman of Eurostar in 2010 and went on to oversee the merger of the interests of the three partners, SNCF, LCR and SNCB, into a standalone company on 1 September 2010. 

Richard’s decision to step down from the Board of Eurostar accompanies his decision earlier this year to become Chairman of the Department for Transport’s Franchise Advisory Panel in addition to his other non-executive roles.

Clare Hollingsworth has extensive experience of the transport sector and of customer facing businesses.  She joined the Board of Eurostar as an independent non-executive director in 2010.  She is also on the boards of Savills, the real estate advisor, Virgin Healthcare, Molnlycke AB, a Swedish medical technology company and Spire Healthcare.  Prior to her non-executive roles she was Chief Executive Officer of Spire Healthcare and its predecessor business, BUPA Hospitals.  Before Spire Healthcare she was Managing Director, Caledonian Airways. 

Clare’s appointment as Chairman will become effective on 1 July 2013.

Richard Brown said:
It has been a great privilege to be at the heart of Eurostar’s growth and expansion over the last decade but the time is right for me to hand over the reins.  Eurostar is now an internationally respected brand and I have every confidence that it will go from strength to strength in the future.  With her knowledge of the company and her experience of consumer-facing businesses, Clare is perfectly placed to lead the Board through the next phase of Eurostar’s development.

Clare Hollingsworth said:
I am delighted to be taking on the Chairmanship of Eurostar at this time.  Over the last three years the business has been transformed into a successful private entity delivering strong growth in passenger numbers and profitability.  With the arrival of a new fleet of trains and the launch of additional services over the next couple of years, we are entering a new phase and I look forward to supporting the Eurostar team in driving the future growth of the business.


Notes to Editors:

Richard Brown biography

  • Richard Brown is non-executive Chairman of the Eurostar board. He is also a-non executive director of High Speed Two (HS2) and Chair of Catalyst Housing. Richard has had a long and successful career in the rail industry having been CEO of Eurostar for seven years and Group Commercial Director and board member at National Express Group.
  • In 2012 Richard was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Transport to conduct a review into the Department for Transport’s rail franchising programme and in March this year he became Chairman of the Department for Transport’s Franchise Advisory Panel.  He was awarded a CBE in 2007.

Clare Hollingsworth biography

  • Clare Hollingsworth joined the Eurostar Board as a non-executive director in 2010. She is also a non-executive director of Spire Healthcare, Virgin Healthcare Holdings, Molnlycke AB, a Swedish medical technology company and Savills, the real estate advisor. Prior to holding these non-executive positions, Clare was CEO of Spire Healthcare.  Before Spire Healthcare she spent 20 years at British Airways including eight years as Managing Director of Caledonian Airways.

About Eurostar

  • Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

2.   Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways).  On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.
3.   The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph.  Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 130 million passengers between London and the Continent.  Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.  The new Eurostar e320 will carry more than 900 passengers at speeds of up to 320kph.
4.   Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe’s leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.
5.   Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies.  Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel’s biggest customer.


For more information:
Eurostar Press Office 
020 7843 5500

Mary Walsh, Director of Communications
020 7843 5200

Leigh Calder, Head of Media Relations
020 7843 5595