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SPEAKER PREVIEW: Building a sustainable business from London’s Olympic legacy

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has inherited three of the London 2012 Olympic venues: Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark (the iconic velodrome) and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

But, what is the future for these venues now that ‘the circus has left town’?

Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will share the legacy vision and business plan for these post-Olympic legacy venues – and reflect on the decision processes taken during their development – at TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2013.

“Our work on delivering a legacy from London 2012 is already underway,” says Dawson. “We are determined to ensure that that the whole of the nation and all abilities benefit from what was a global sports extravaganza. I look forward to sharing our plans with the global sports industry in June.”

Join us – and more than 500 stadium owners, operators and developers from around the world – at the world’s largest dedicated meeting for the stadium, arena and major sports venue business: TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2013 in Manchester, 5-7 June.



corporatelogoLee Valley Regional Park is playing a leading role in delivering a lasting and enduring legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The authority owns and runs three London 2012 venues – Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. It also own a third of the parklands on Olympic Park and is working closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation to create a park that is vibrant, popular and sustainable while making the best use of public resources.

The vision is that the 2012 venues will join the sports venues it already runs to create a chain of sporting excellence along the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park. Find out more about the venues and the legacy work here.


SBS13-Dawson-140pxShaun joined the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as Chief Executive in 1997. During this time he has created a dynamic and award winning organisation that both delivers its core remit and also works with partners to ensure that the 10,000 acre Regional Park adds value to the bigger social and economic agenda in the Lee Valley. Shaun was a key player during the bid process for the 2012 Olympics and he is now leading the Authority’s remit as a central legacy owner/operator organisation for a number of Olympic venues and parkland.

Shaun has spent his career in the leisure industry both in the public and private sector. Before moving to the Authority he was Assistant Director of Education and Leisure at the London Borough of Hackney. Shaun’s particular areas of experience cover, sports venues design, facilities management and parks management/activation.

Shaun graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Ecology and went on to Loughborough University where he gained an MSc in Recreation Management.