The 10 not-so-famous faces keeping London running
Nick Bitel, Chief Executive, London Marathon
Bittel faces his toughest marathon year ever in 2012 as his team take on the extra challenge of hosting the Olympic marathons just three months after the annual April race. His biggest test reportedly lies in working alongside Olympic organiser, LOCOG, which has resulted in London Marathon Director of 20 years, Dave Bedford, quitting as head of the team responsible for staging the race during the Games over disagreements.
Mike Brown, Managing Director, London Underground and London Rail
There are very few Londoners who don’t have an opinion on the Tube. In fact, with more than one billion journeys made on the Underground each year, it’s a big topic of debate. Brown is responsible for leading the largest line upgrade programme the Underground has ever seen. Two years running Heathrow Airport where he delivered Terminal 5 for BAA stands him in good stead to deliver it.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, Transport for London
All eyes will be on Daniels next summer as TfL attempt to cope with the millions of expected visitors to the city for the Olympic Games. The former Director of the UK Bus Board is ultimately responsible for the safe and efficient delivery of London’s bus services, taxis, river services, street management, congestion charging and ‘Boris Bikes’. He recently oversaw the release of new online postcode data, which will help London’s business community plan for the Games.
Richard Everitt, Chief Executive Officer, Port of London Authority
The qualified solicitor has an impressive track record in the travel sector having clocked up miles at BAA (he joined the board following its privatisation in 1987) and the National Air Traffic Services. His current remit covers 95 miles of the River Thames, working to ensure the safety of commercial and leisure users and protection of the environment, as well promoting the use of the river for trade and travel.
Jonny Goldstone and Tom Pakenham, Founders, Green Tomato Cars
The former lawyers launched London’s most successful low-carbon travel brand in 2005, at a time when companies where under fire to beef up their CSR credentials. Their fleet of eco friendly Toyota Pruis cars can be booked via twitter and are even said to be the Queen Elizabeth’s taxi of choice.
Nick Jones, Interactive Director, COI & Interim Head of Digital, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office
The COI’s Interactive Director recently took on his additional digital duties at Number 10 during a shake up of the government’s digital communications in the context of the Government’s communications reform. The twitter addict says he is responsible for ‘making digital deliver’, which will be his acid test in the run up to the Olympic Games next summer.
Colin Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, BAA
Matthews made the headlines when he gave up his 2010 bonus and sanctioned £10m investment in snowing clearing equipment in the wake of the fiasco, which crippled Heathrow airport last winter. Matthews was quick to react to the storm of criticism from politicians, airlines and hundreds of thousands of stranded passengers and pledged to build up the resilience of Heathrow during the winter and restore passenger confidence in the airport.
Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chairman, Transport for London
The openly gay conservative councillor promotes Boris Johnson’s policies and ensures good corporate governance at TfL. He was behind this year’s study, which convinced the Major to back plans for a new South East England airport to cope with increased passenger demand and ensure the capital retains its excellent international air links.
Beth Thoren, Director of Communications, Digital UK
Thoren helped to set up Digital UK (the body charged with leading the switch from analogue to digital TV) in 2004, transferring over from her role at the BBC as Head of Digital Marketing.Dedicated to her role in getting Britain wired, she is spearheading the communication of the complex switch over, including a £6m London ad campaign ahead of the Capital’s switch off on 4th April 2012.
Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, Chief Executive, Crossrail
London’s £16bn Crossrail project is described as Europe’s largest ever civil engineering project and luckily for the Capital, its new Chief Executive, a former army engineer, is more than qualified for the job. The executive at building firm Balfour Beatty delivered Heathrow Terminal 5 on time and on budget, and also helped lead the completion of the Heathrow Express whilst at BAA.