Chief executive David Higgins earned £537,000 in the last year, after defering half of ‘performance related pay’ to later date

The chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority, David Higgins, earned £537,000 in salary and benefits in the last year.

The figure, which includes salary, bonus and pension contributions for the 12 months to 31 March, was revealed in the body’s full accounts, published today.

Renumeration for the chairman of the 2012 body, John Armitt, was £250,000 while the package for construction director Howard Shiplee was £362,000.

Higgins was actually entitled to £641,566, the ODA said. But he volunteered for half of his “performance related pay” to be deferred to no later than December 2012.

The ODA also published a full break down of expenses for its top officials, who ran up more than £100,000 in claims in 2008/9.

Shiplee had the biggest bill, expensing a total of £19,343 on costs such as travel and entertainment, including a hotel tab of more than £11,000.

The figures were released as the 2012 organisers announced the external structure of the Olympic Stadium has completed.