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Board members:

Chief Executive: Dennis Hone

Read the minutes of board meetings


Chairman – Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE

Sir John Armitt CBE FREng FICE, was appointed Chairman of the ODA on 1 September 2007. Sir John was previously Chief Executive of Network Rail from October 2002 and Chief Executive of Railtrack plc from December 2001. He has extensive experience in the building, civil engineering and industrial construction markets.

From 1986 to 1993 he was Chairman of the Laing International and Civil Engineering Divisions, a company he joined as a graduate in 1966. From 1993 to 1997 he was Chief Executive of Union Railways, the company responsible for development of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link. In 1997 he was appointed as Chief Executive of Costain, a position he held until 2001.

Sir John is also a Non-Executive Director of the Berkeley Group and an Advisory Board member of PWC and Siemens. He was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry.

He was formerly Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Sir John received a Knighthood in the New Year Honours List 2012 for his services to engineering and construction.

Deputy Chairman – Sir Roy McNulty CBE

Sir Roy McNulty CBE is a Non-Executive Director of Gatwick Airport Limited. He chaired Advantage West Midlands from 2009 to 2012 and was also Chairman of ilex urc, the regeneration company for Derry-Londonderry until early 2012, and of the Rail Value for Money Study sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Office Rail Regulation.

Previously, he was Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) from 2001 to 2009, Chairman of National Air Traffic Services (NATS) (1999–2001) and, prior to that, Chief Executive and Chairman of Shorts Brothers plc, the Belfast-based aerospace company.

Sir Roy has also been President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies (1993–94) and Chairman of the Department of Trade and Industry Aviation Committee (1995–98).

Lorraine Baldry

Lorraine Baldry is Chairman of London & Continental Railways Ltd, Inventa Partners Ltd. and of Tri-Air Developments Ltd. She is also a Governor at The University of the Arts London and a Director of Circle Holdings plc.

Lorraine was Chairman of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and before that Chief Executive of Chesterton International plc. Prior to that, she was a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division.

She has more than 30 years’ experience in a wide range of industries including Financial Services, IT and Property and has held senior executive positions in some of the UK’s leading companies in these sectors. 

Neale Coleman

Neale Coleman is an advisor on London 2012 for London Mayor Boris Johnson. Neale has led work on the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the Greater London Authority (GLA) since 2000.

He was a Board member of the bid company, London 2012; co-chaired the Olympic Delivery Group, which had responsibility for leading preparations for the Games prior to the creation of the ODA, has been a Board Member of the ODA since its creation and leads the 2012 team in the GLA, which has had responsibility for legacy and Games delivery, and for the 2012 City Operations programme. 

Christopher Garnett

Christopher Garnett is a Director of Anglian Water Services Ltd and Aggregate Industries Ltd. He is a member of the Transport for London (TfL) Board and also a member of the National Railway Museum Advisory Board.

He joined the transport industry in 1986 when he was recruited by Sea Containers to run the Continental European routes of Sealink British ferries, and in 1990 he joined Eurotunnel as Commercial Director for the launch of the Channel Tunnel ‘Le Shuttle’ freight and car services. Christopher was Chairman of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) from December 2001 to August 2003.

He was Chairman of GNER from 2004 to 2006, prior to which he was Chief Executive of GNER and Vice President of Sea Containers Limited from 1996 to 2004.

David Fison

David Fison is Chief Executive of Osborne, a family-owned construction business.

He has more than 35 years’ experience working in the construction sector. He was Chief Executive Officer of Skanska UK plc, the UK arm of one of the world’s leading construction services groups, from 2002 until July 2008.

He spent a total of 10 years at Skanska, managing multi-discipline businesses involving very large construction projects and support service operations. David previously held senior management positions at Skanska and construction firm Balfour Beatty.

David Taylor CBE

David Taylor CBE is one of the country’s leading exponents of urban regeneration and he has worked extensively in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

He is Chairman of BL Canada Quays Ltd, a joint venture with British Land plc currently developing 900 new homes and mixed-use space in Southwark.

David is the former CEO of English Partnerships and special adviser to Lord Prescott. Prior to that, he had responsibility for Development at AMEC plc.

David chairs Rockpools People and Performance Ltd, Energy 10 Ltd, and Allied Lighting Ltd, and is Deputy Chairman of Preston North End FC.

Chief Executive – Dennis Hone

Dennis Hone took up the position of Chief Executive of the ODA in February 2011, ensuring that the delivery of venues, infrastructure and the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the London 2012 Games was on time and within budget.

Before this, he was Director of Finance and Corporate Services at the ODA for more than four years. Since the outset of the project, he has been responsible for ensuring the management of the ODA’s budget and closely involved in the development of the ODA’s programme and delivery of the project.

Dennis is also currently Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Board Minutes

Minutes from previous ODA Board meetings are available on the National Archives website.

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