Future non-executive chairman promises quick decisions for Olympic Games

John Armitt, the man who will become non-executive chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority on 1 September, today said that his approach to the delivery of the 2012 Games would be to make quick decisions.

The Railtrack chief executive said: “The ODA’s number one priority is getting it finished on time and to achieve that we have to make early and quick decisions.

John Armitt

“There is only one date, and that adds to the pressure but it makes people quickly focused on what the priorities are.”

Armitt said that he was not daunted by the prospect of the political nature of the Games, and said that it was “just part of the game”

Despite the fact he said that the Games would provide the UK with an opportunity for it to show the world what it could do, European contractors would likely be building some of the venues.

When he starts the job he will be immediately focused on getting the 2012 programme finished on time.