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  • Olympic Delivery Team for London


    David Higgins is the new CEO of the Olympic Delivery Authority. 
    (ATR) Just days after naming a chair for the Olympic Delivery Authority, a chief executive for ODA has been hired to lead the construction of venues for the 2012 Games in London.

    Tipped weeks ago as a favorite for the job, David Higgins, the CEO of English Partnerships, was declared the winner at a press conference by Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell. Higgins and chairman Jack Lemley, named last week, both appeared at the briefing, supposedly their last contact with the media until they begin work in January.

    Togtether, Lemley and Higgins bring considerable experience to the job they face constructing London?s Olympic Park, the Olympic Village and other Games infrastructure.

    Lemley, from Idaho in the U.S., is considered one of the world?s foremost experts on construction management for major projects. Higgins currently leads a company that redevelops and regenerates blighted land in England. He also worked in Australia in the lead-up to Sydney Games, supervising construction of Olympics venues for Lend Lease.

    "David's involvement in Sydney in the run-up to the 2000 Games means that he knows all about the world?s greatest event and what is needed to make it a success," said Jowell at the announcement.

    "My job is all about delivering the facilities for the world's greatest sporting event in 2012 and ensuring a lasting legacy for east London, the rest of the capital and the whole UK," said Higgins.

    Higgins will start work in January, even though the ODA will not be a formal body until later in 2006 when legislation in parliament will become law.

    An interim Olympic Delivery Authority team, working as part of
    The site in London's east planned for the Olympic Park to be supervised by the ODA. (ATR) 
    the London Development Agency and Transport for London is already at work in setting up organizational aspects of the new agency, as well as moving ahead with can't-wait projects, such as the relocation of high voltage power lines that cross the Olympic Park site.

    The appointment of the top players for the infrastructure work needed for the Games would clear the deck for the next big appointment coming for London 2012: a chief executive for the organizing committee. Interviews with short listed candidates are underway, with an appointment expected well before the end of the year.

    The ODA and the London organizing committee will be housed at the same Canary Wharf office tower, starting in January.

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