2012 Olympics board to recruit part-time board members

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has issued its first call for part time board members to spearhead the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games preparations.


The body responsible for creating the infrastructure and venues for the Games is now looking for ten board members to work for two days a month for up to four years. Board members will be paid £500 a day and will come from a range of disciplines including HR, procurement and local government.  


Jack Lemley, recently appointed chair of the ODA and former CEO of the Channel Tunnel project, said:


“I am looking for the brightest and the best people to join me on this exciting journey to establish the ODA and then deliver the facilities for 2012. I want to get the very best mix of the public and private sectors to ensure I have a board that is fully equipped to support David Higgins, our chief executive.”


Lemley said good governance was paramount:


“I want to see an organisation that is framed by three critical factors, which are ethics, quality and safety. I also want to establish an open and transparent organisation that is driven by good governance.”


Candidates from the HR field will have to demonstrate significant experience of giving board level strategic HR advice in large and complex organisations, steering substantial change management programmes and extensive experience of working within TUPE regulations.


Board members will formally report to Tessa Jowell, Olympics Minister and secretary of state for culture, media and sport.


“We have made it clear from the outset that this will be a Games for the whole country, so it is important that the board seeks out the best talent from across the UK. We need not just the diverse experiences of people from across the English regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – but also their special insights into how the benefits we want can reach every community,” Jowell said.


Interim teams are already in place at the London Development Agency and Transport for London and a number of permanent jobs have already been advertised, including the head of HR.


Jack Lemley, David Higgins and the interim team will join forces with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) at their new headquarters in Canary Wharf, London, in early January.


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