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London Olympic chiefs defend executive salaries

London Olympic chiefs defended the salaries of its top executives on Thursday after it emerged some were earning up to 100,000 pounds more than first thought.About seven senior executives at the Olympic Delivery Authority are being paid more than 200,000 pounds. The authority published the salaries of its executives in its annual report for 2006/7, but the report only included the amount earned so far that year.

Among the big earners were Howard Shiplee, director of construction, who is on 258,750 pounds not 147,000 pounds as stated. Others include Dennis Hone, director of finance and corporate services, who is on 253,624 pounds not 162,000 pounds and Alison Nimmo, director of design and regeneration, who is on 207,000 pounds not 158,000 pounds. Godric Smith, director of communications, is on 175,950 pounds not 105,000 pounds.

The figures emerged after a written Parliamentary question in the House of Commons.

An ODA spokesman said: "This is a project without precedent. It denied having tried to conceal the salaries, saying it had followed standard business practice. "We take our responsibilities to transparency very seriously and the annual report clearly states under the name of each director the date they started in post at the ODA and therefore the salary paid from that date for that year," the spokesman added. "This is completely standard practice -- the report was approved by the NAO (National Audit Office)."

"Since this report updated salary figures have been given in a recent Parliamentary answer so this has been a completely open process and there has been no attempt to avoid public scrutiny."

From: London Olympic chiefs defend executive salaries, Avril Ormsby and Jeremy Lovell, Guardian, (Reuters), Jan 31 2008

More at: Ormsby/Lovell

House of Commons, Written answers, 30 January 2008

John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings, Conservative) | Hansard source

To ask the Minister for the Olympics what the 10 highest salaries are of staff working on preparations for the 2012 Olympics whose salaries are paid from the public purse.

Tessa Jowell (Minister of State (the Olympics and London (Paymaster General)), Cabinet Office)

The following table shows the 2007-08 salaries of the 10 highest paid staff working directly on the preparations for the 2012 Olympics in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and paid from the public purse. It does not include staff employed by the ODA's Delivery Partner, and the ODA's contractors.

Position/organisation (1)Salary (£)
Chief Executive, ODA 372,600
Director of Construction, ODA 258,750
Director of Finance and Corporate Services, ODA 253,624
Director General, Government Olympic Executive 220,000
Director of Design and Regeneration, ODA 207,000
Director of Transport, ODA 207,000
Director of Property, ODA 207,000
Director of Infrastructure and Utilities, ODA 207,000
Director of Build and Finance, Government Olympic Executive 180,000

(1) The figures are for basic salary only, and do not include for any performance related bonuses, taxable benefits and pension contributions. These additional benefits will be calculated at the financial year-end and detailed in the annual reports and accounts of the Department and the ODA which are laid before the House.

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