Network Rail chief executive John Armitt was today unveiled as chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).
Last December Armitt announced his decision to step down as the rail operator's boss this summer, and as predicted by NCE his next role will be as successor to Jack Lemley (NCE 14 December 2006).'The ODA has a critical part to play in delivering the venues and infrastructure, not just for the Games but for generations to come,' said Armitt.'It has made a very good start to this hugely challenging project and I look forward to providing leadership as the programme now moves to the next stage.' Armitt will take up his position at the ODA on 1 September after leaving Network Rail in July. Until then acting ODA chairman Sir Roy McNulty will remain in the post he has held since former chairman Jack Lemley's acrimonious departure in October 2006 (NCE 26 October 2006).Prior to his role at Network Rail, civil engineer Armitt was chief executive of contractor Costain and responsible for the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link as boss of Union Railways. The £250,000 part time role at the ODA will see Armitt work a three and half day week for the next five years, working alongside ODA chief executive David Higgins.