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2012 Olympics

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who is responsible for appointments to the Olympic Delivery Authority; whether posts are advertised; how many persons applied for each existing post; how many were shortlisted for interview; what criteria were adopted for (a) accepting and (b) rejecting a candidate; and if she will make a statement. (95130)

Under Schedule 1, section 6(1) of the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006, I am responsible for appointing the first Chief Executive, after consulting the Chairman, and the Mayor of London. The post was advertised. Thirty four applications for the post were received of which six were short listed. All candidates were assessed against the following criteria:

Proven track record of success in:

a. leading the delivery of complex high profile, multi-billion pound, innovative projects on time and to budget;

b. setting and shaping successful large-scale delivery focused organisations that can adapt to evolving priorities and responsibilities;

c. motivational leadership, harnessing and developing high performing delivery focused teams;

d. successfully managing hugely complex procurement arrangements, including public and private funding streams;

e. rigorous financial management with commercial acumen, a strong record in cost control and managing complex financial budgets to high standards of probity;

f. leading, managing, and developing complex high profile public/private sector partnerships;

g. working with local communities and interest groups on major projects at this level to ensure public support for them;

h. motivating people and brokering collaborative working relationships with a very wide range of key stakeholders;

i. maintaining a positive personal and organisational profile, a high level of political awareness and an understanding of how to respond effectively to parliamentary, public and media scrutiny.

Evidence of a well-developed knowledge and sophisticated appreciation of the strategic issues and challenges facing both the public and private sectors in delivering projects of this nature.

All other appointments are the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority. In accordance with normal public sector best practice the Olympic Delivery Authority's rules for recruitment provide for this to be done by open competition and for appointment on merit.