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London Legacy Seminars - don't expect critical thinking

This is the lineup for a panel to discuss the London2012 sports legacy for the London Legacies Group Seminar entitled: 'Has the Sports Legacy from the 2012 lived up to the commitments made?' Every single participant has a connection to the London Olympics.

Richard Sumray: Chair

Richard has spent most of his working life focusing on London issues in a number of areas: local government, health ,policing, social care the arts and sport. Was responsible for two London strategies for sport. Co-led a bid for London to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2000 and then started work on a bid in 1994 for London that became the successful city for 2012. Took the concept of hosting the Games to East London to lead a step change to the regeneration of the area. Currently chairs Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in West London, Health Education England South London and Alcohol Concern and chairs in the Family and Youth Courts in central London.

Alan Skewis: Speaker

Alan is the Director of E20 Stadium LLP, the joint venture set up by LLDC and Newham Council to oversee the future of the former Olympic Stadium. Alan’s recent appointment to this Post is the latest in a line of roles Alan has played in the London Olympic project.

Alan has worked at Sport England, most notably as the Head of the English Institute of Sport Facilities programme. The programme funded over £120m of facilities focused on supporting elite athlete training. Major developments at Loughborough University, Manchester and Sheffield all benefited from the programme, as well as small, specific investments including a bobsleigh start track at the University of Bath.

Alan joined London Borough of Newham in 2003 to run the Council’s sport and healthy living service. London 2012 was then bidding for the Games, and Alan’s role included making sure the Bid was supported by the local community. Once London had won the bid Alan moved over to a dedicated Newham Unit for the 2012 Games. The Unit provide an integrated approach to using the 2012 Games to support the physical and social regeneration of the area. Alan co-ordinated local sport, education, employment and health programmes. During the Games he worked with LOCOG to provide opportunities to get residents into the Olympic Park to see events.

Alan’s remit also included the legacy of the sports venues left in the QEOP. The Stadium became Alan’s main focus following the Council’s investment of £40m in the venue in 2012. As well as managing the Council’s investment in the venue’s physical transformation work, he has worked on the 2015 Rugby World Cup, established the Great Newham London Run and co-ordinated being a host for the 2014 Tour de France. His recent appointment to E20 will see him continuing to work for an East London legacy from the stadium once it opens permanently in 2016.

Andy Sutch: Speaker

Born in Wakefield, after university Andy taught geography at City of London School and in 1976 joined the Sports Council working on facility planning before moving to the regions where he became the Regional Director for London in 1989 and was also the service team Leader for Rugby Union until 2003.

In 1992 Andy was a team member bidding on behalf of London to stage the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a director of Corporate Games in London in 1992. In 1999 he was a cofounder of “Cultural Partners for London” which lead the sport and cultural activity lobby through to the election of a London Mayor and the GLA. In 2003 he was part of a joint FO and BAE programme providing advice on sports participation to the government of Saudi Arabia. Andy joined Business In Sport and Leisure in 2003 including a P/T secondment to the London 2012 Bid Team and from 2014 was a director of Sportsgroup.

He is a Board Director of London Sports appointed by the Mayor, Chairman of London Council for Sport and Recreation, Council Member at London Playing Fields Foundation and Chair of his local sports council. He is a Fellow of both CIMSPA and the RSA, has an Honorary Fellowship from St Mary’s University College Twickenham and is a member of USSPT (Sport for All in European Cities) Group presenting papers on community engagement in Barcelona, Florence and Rome..


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