Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE appointed to strengthen 2012 legacy team

Published on Monday, 03 December 2012 10:12
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation, today announced he has appointed Baroness Grey-Thompson DEB to the Corporation's board.

Following the huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as the next critical phase of the legacy project is underway in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the Mayor wants to ensure that the strongest and most experienced team possible is in place to lead the Corporation in the years ahead.

Already a member of the boards of Transport for London and the London Marathon and previously the UK Athletics board, Tanni brings a unique mix of experience which will help inform many aspects of legacy planning and decision making.

To build on the board's commercial expertise, the Mayor has appointed Carphone Warehouse co-founder, David Ross, who will bring to the Board his considerable business acumen, experience in sport and sport infrastructure projects plus his extensive entrepreneurial skills.

The Mayor's long-standing London 2012 adviser, Neale Coleman, is to become Deputy Chair of the LLDC Board. Neale has advised City Hall for the last 12 years and worked on the London Games from 2003 when the city first decided to bid to stage them. His responsibilities have involved working with the Olympic Delivery Authority and LOCOG to deliver the infrastructure necessary to stage the Games, getting London ready to host the world's largest sporting event as well as ensuring that they leave a lasting legacy of regeneration and new opportunities for the capital.

To complete the board's new structure current board member Phillip Lewis, chair of the Corporation's Planning Committee, has been reappointed and Boris Johnson's Chief of Staff, Sir Edward Lister becomes the Mayor's official observer for its meetings.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:

"After staging the best Games ever we are now confident we will deliver a lasting legacy that will benefit generations of Londoners and become a blueprint for future host cities to follow. One of my key roles is to ensure we have the best team in place to achieve our goals. The unique experience and skills that Tanni and David bring will add a new dimension to legacy decision making, strengthen my board and help it build on its incredible achievements to date, including finding tenants for the majority of the 2012 venues, and sowing the seeds for thousands of new homes, jobs and other opportunities for Londoners."

Baroness Grey-Thompson DEB said:

"The Olympic Park was the heart and soul of the greatest Olympic Games ever but in 2005 we set out a vision to not only bring new life to a neglected part of east London, but to provide lasting sporting and community infrastructure for the future. I am determined to bring that vision to life and to be a part of this important final piece of the Games jigsaw."

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+1 #9 oh myAlbert 2012-12-05 18:43
Oh my, it really is jobs for the boys isnt it? David Ross should be in a prison cell was committing fraud at Cosalt PLC not handed positions like this. Shame on you Boris, Shame on you.
+4 #8 mrforgetful 2012-12-04 20:00
good luck David, hope you and Boris do a good job on this. Try not to forget your other business interests. In reaching for the sky, dont tread on the flowers.
+4 #7 mrforgetful 2012-12-04 19:47
I dont imagine Mr Ross will bring his communication skills to the meetings.He hasn't spoken to Cosalt Plc. shareholders since February, when he tried and failed to take the company private against around 99% opposition.The shares have now been suspended for 7 months,at the company's request due to funding issues.Sharehol ders have not seen company accounts since 2010.
+4 #6 MrsDRobinson 2012-12-04 19:43
Cone off it Boris, how many applicants for the job did you consider? Any at all or was it just a case of jobs for the boys. David Ross is a political donor, owns strings of companies, some with offshore basis, has WRECKED Cosalt plc - he should not be allowed anywhere near the public's tax money. Take a look at the Cosalt bulletin board - just google "LSE CSLT".
+3 #5 MrR Too 2012-12-04 18:22
You've got to be joking, "considerable business acumen" - forget Carphone Warehouse that was many moons ago. Check out David Ross' track record over the last few years. Boris, be very careful who you associate with, he might be good for a night out on the town, but his business acumen is certainly not what it used to be, unless of course you know something we don't!

Maybe if he spent more time at Cosalt instead of trying to woo Boris, it wouldn't be in the sorry state it's in. It's shares are currently suspended and dropped from over £3 in 2008 to where they sit today at £0.0083, yes you read that right 0.83 pence!!
+2 #4 C OncernedN Respect 2012-12-04 17:11
D Ross,clean as a connected whistle,imo.
+2 #3 MRNorthern Honesty 2012-12-04 17:01
Experience,CPW scandal,not charged,clean as a connected whistle can be !
+6 #2 almost bankruptFlying Scot 2012-12-04 16:36
As an investor with Cosalt and with first-hand experience of his ‘unique experience and skills’
I would have grave misgivings about appointing him assistant manager of a takeaway.If I did,I would instruct the dishwasher to keep an eye on him.
+3 #1 MrE Runner 2012-12-04 15:54
You mean this David Ross? Success guaranteed then.

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