Alan Hughes

Deputy Director, HS2 Growth and Regeneration Department for Transport

Alun Hughes is a senior civil servant in the Department for Transport responsible for policy advice on HS2-led growth and regeneration. Alun is a career civil servant. He managed the House of Lords Act (1999), which ended the right for hereditary peers to sit and vote in the Lords. He then led and wrote a number of reports in the Cabinet Office’s Social Exclusion Unit between 1999 and 2005. In 2006, he joined the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and was seconded to the New Zealand Civil Service in 2007 where he led on the development of ‘Kia Puawai’ (‘the blossoming’ for any non-Maori speakers amongst you).

On his return to the UK, Alun has focused on economic issues in the Department for Communities and Local Government, working on the development of Enterprise Zones and Lord Heseltine’s Growth Review. He moved to his present post in DfT in 2013.