Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman Jack Lemley today resigned from his role on the London 2012 games.
His resignation comes amid reports of concerns for the 71-year's old health due to his relentless timetable of commuting between London and his US engineering consultancy, Lemley and Associates, in Boise, Idaho.Lemley said: 'It has been a privilege to chair the ODA for the last year and lead the organisation through its formative stages. The Board is now established, along with its separate planning function. The Delivery Partner has been appointed and the ODA is ready to move to the next stage of its development. I am keen to return to the helm of my international construction consulting firm in America, which is increasingly busy with major contracts.'Lemley joined the ODA at its inception at the start of this year, after being handed the role in November 2005, four months after won the right to host the London 2012 games (NCE 24 November 2005).The former chief executive of Channel Tunnel contractor Transmanche Link, Lemley was brought in for his experience of running major projects.However, as well as health concerns, it is understood that Lemley was unhappy with the appointment of CH2M Hill, Laing O'Rourke and Mace as the ODA's Delivery Partner (NCE 21 September).Lemley was understood to have favoured the rival bid by US giant Bechtel.Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said: 'Jack has done much to help lay the foundations for success for the Olympic construction project over the last year. With the Delivery Partner on board we now move to the next stage of the project - venue and infrastructure design. Jack has played a significant role in getting us to this point and helping ensure that Games and legacy are planned together. I am grateful to him for all he has done and wish him well in the future.'ODA board chairman Sir Roy McNulty will lead the organisation as acting chairman, working alongside ODA chief executive David Higgins until a decision is made about a permanent successor.