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Association of London Government chair and mayor of Newham, Robin Wales, is to join the London 2012 board. Newham f...
Association of London Government chair and mayor of Newham, Robin Wales, is to join the London 2012 board. Newham forms the centrepiece of London's plans for the Olympic Park, and Sir Robin has played a key role in the formulation of London's Olympic plans.

Sebastian Coe, the newly appointed chairman of London 2012 - the company bidding to bring the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to London - today announced changes to the team leading the bid, including new roles for the vice chairmen and some key appointments.

'Now we are in the second crucial phase of our bid, as an official candidate city, it is essential that all aspects of our plans come together in an exciting and winning way. I believe these changes will help give us the cutting edge to spearhead a winning bid.'

Chief executive officer Keith Mills will work closely with Lord Coe on the international relations side of the bid and a new team will be established to oversee the co-ordination of the international work.

The bid's vice chairmen will assume new responsibilities.

Barbara Cassani will have responsibility for the technical aspects of the bid, including of London's candidature file which is submitted to the International Olympic Committee in November. This file will contain full details of London 2012's proposals, including venue details, arrangements for athletes, Games transport and the legacy for future generations.

Charles Allen will chair the London 2012 nations and regions support group, which is tasked with ensuring that the whole of the UK benefits from the Games, as well as helping to market the UK to a world-wide audience. Mr Allen will also be supporting London 2012's work with the UK government and the business sector.

Alan Pascoe is to focus on legacy issues, ensuring that all sporting facilities built have lasting benefits for sport, both domestic and international, as well as local communities. Mr Pascoe will also continue supporting the marketing of the bid in the UK.< p/="">

In addition, Patrick Carter, chair of Sport England, and a London 2012 board member, will chair a new legacy board which will drive this area of work in conjunction with representatives of the key stakeholders.

London 2012 finance director Neil Wood will also join the board.

Mike Lee, director of communications and public affairs, also takes on the new role of adviser to the chairman, and Andrew Craig, formerly a senior adviser to the international relations effort, becomes vice president, international, working with Mr Mills.

Further announcements on a new bid vice chairman and London 2012 ambassadors will be made in due course.

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