THE GOVERNMENT has once again turned to a civil engineer to oversee Olympic spending and progress with the appointment of Bechtel man Jeremy Beeton as its top civil servant in charge of the project.
Beeton, ICE fellow and currently Bechtel Civils operations manager, has been appointed as director general for the government's Olympic Executive within the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
His appointment comes just a month after another ICE fellow, John Armitt, was named as chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Beeton will be liaising closely with Armitt in his new job at DCMS which is to act as a 'strong and intelligent client within government' for the London 2012 Games.
He has been recruited to be responsible within government 'for the progress of construction and other aspects of the Games, and to provide challenging, but supportive oversight of key delivery bodies', according to the original job application.
Beeton joined Bechtel in 1999. He started his career with British Steel before moving to Redpath Dorman Long and then Cleveland Bridge, where he was managing director.
He takes up his role in July, two months ahead of Armitt.