Former Caledonian Airways boss Clare Hollingsworth has been named as chairman of Eurostar.

She succeeds Richard Brown who is stepping down when his three-year term as chairman ends on June 30.

Brown’s move follows a decision earlier this year to become chairman of the Department for Transport’s franchise advisory panel in addition to other non-executive roles.

Hollingsworth, who spent 20 years at British Airways including a spell as managing director of Caledonian Airways, 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 estate agent Savills.

She said: “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.”

Brown said: “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.”