Patrick O’Connell, an executive director of the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel for the U.S. Navy, was recruited to transform business and technology operations that are currently used to manage Navy personnel. Prior to his position with the U.S. Navy, Patrick O’Connell was an interim director of program and strategy for High Speed Rail 2 Ltd. (HS2) in London, England. The ambitious rail project will improve and transform Britain’s transportation network. Planners of the HS2 have worked to minimize the environmental impact of the project on Britain’s countryside.
The HS2 project is the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe. Experts predict that it will dramatically impact Britain’s economy as well as ease the stress that is placed on the country’s current rail network. A project of this magnitude will have inevitable effects on the natural landscape. However, designers have set into motion several protective measures that will ease the environmental impact of the new high-speed railway.
Most importantly, a green corridor is planned for the majority of the rail line. Designers aim to restore ecosystems that are disrupted during construction by rebuilding woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and ponds. Keeping local culture in mind, landscape designers are also drawing on feedback from local communities and planting over seven million plants that are native to the disrupted areas. Community greenspaces will also be built along the line. These spaces are intended to bring people together in the natural environment. In addition, planners of the line intend to build large portions underground to minimize its environmental impact.
The chief of naval personnel for the United States Navy, Patrick O’Connell has more than three decades of public and private senior executive experience.