Structure & biographies

Authority management team

The Authority management team is made up of nine senior members of staff who are led by Chief Executive Shaun Dawson. They are responsible for all areas of the Authority’s work.

Shaun Dawson
Shaun Dawson

Shaun Dawson

Chief Executive

Shaun 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.
Stephen Roberts
Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts

Head of Property Services

Stephen joined the Authority in 2006 and is responsible for all property related matters. These are largely asset management issues, but also periodically cover lettings, acquisitions, rent reviews, land encroachments, and contaminations.

Before joining the Authority Stephen worked in the commercial real estate divisions of Aviva plc and John Laing plc, focusing on property development, PFI contracts and asset management.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Jon Carney
Jon Carney

Jon Carney

Head of Parklands

Jon joined the Authority in 1999 and is responsible for everything within the Park that revolves around the natural environment and includes all site and land management. His role extends to managing the volunteers, commercial farm and fisheries sections.


Jon graduated from the Merrist Wood College with a Diploma in Countryside Recreation in 1990 and in 2004 he studied at Birkbeck University in London for a Post Graduate Diploma in Protected Landscape Management.Before joining the Authority Jon started his career with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, moved on to work for the National Trust at Box Hill and then spent 9yrs working for Bedfordshire County Council all in Ranger and Land Manager roles.

Simon Sheldon
Simon Sheldon

Simon Sheldon

Director of Finance & Resources

Simon joined the Authority in July 2000. Simon is responsible for the management of the support service functions of the Authority including Finance, IT, Health & Safety, Human Resources,  Internal & External Audit and Performance Management.

Simon trained and qualified as an accountant at Broxbourne Borough Council, and spent ten years at the London Borough of Enfield managing Social Services finance.
Graduated from the University of Wolverhampton 1985 BA (Hons) Economics. 1990 CPFA 1999 Level IV NVQ Management.

Beryl Foster
Beryl Foster

Beryl Foster

Director of Corporate Services

Beryl joined the Authority in 2005 and has responsibility for Asset Protection, Maintenance and Development, Legal, Parklands, Planning and Property services within her directorate.  Beryl is a qualified solicitor and overseas all legal matters across the spectrum of the Authority’s business. In her role as Monitoring Officer she also ensures that the Authority takes decisions and operates within the legal framework. She also has responsibility for the Committee and Member Service which assists the nominated board Members to undertake their role effectively.

Since 1981, Beryl has worked in a range of public sector areas including the Department of Employment and the Metropolitan Police Service and has over 17 years experience in local government.

Dan Buck
Dan Buck

Dan Buck

Head of Sport & Leisure

Dan joined the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in January 2003 and is responsible for the Sport & Leisure elements of the business. This role includes managing the relationship with external partners such as the National Governing Bodies, UK Sport, Sport England and the London Legacy Development Corporation along with managing Sports Development, Events, Quality Management, external contracts and the Youth & Schools service.


Since starting as a lifeguard in 1995 at the old Pickets Lock Leisure Centre he has held a number of positions and has over 19 year’s experience in the Leisure sector. Dan worked closely on the a variety of Olympic projects including sitting on the design teams for the Lee Valley Venues, being the operational link between LOCOG and Lee Valley particularly on the Lee Valley White Water Centre and coordinating the transformation works on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Stephen Wilkinson
Stephen Wilkinson

Stephen Wilkinson

Head of Planning & Strategic Partnership

Stephen joined the Authority in 2006 and is responsible for planning and partnership. Stephen has a lead role in the development of the Park Development Framework which will guide the future management and development the Regional Park. He is responsible for partnership working and sits on several Local Strategic Partnerships and Regeneration Boards identifying joint projects to improve the Regional Park.

Before joining the Authority Stephen worked as a Planning Officer for several London boroughs and for the Audit Commission where he worked with local authorities on CPA, planning and regeneration.
Stephen is a chartered Town Planner with an MBA.
Stephen Bromberg
Stephen Bromberg

Stephen Bromberg

Head of Communications

Stephen has worked for the Authority since 2008 and is responsible for press, PR, marketing, stakeholder relations, brand, web, digital and internal communications. He led the launch of our three London 2012 venues – Lee Valley White Water Centre, the only Olympic venue to open before the Games and the first to open after them, Lee Valley VeloPark with the London 2012 velodrome at its heart, and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

He works closely with Lee Valley Leisure Trust’s team and a range of partners on the promotion of the Authority and its outstanding offer.
He previously worked at the Science Museum in South Kensington where he led award winning PR and marketing campaigns, has been a judge on PR awards and is Board Member of Visit Essex.

Previously Stephen worked in press and public affairs for charities - deafblind organisation Sense and homelessness charity Crisis.

Before this he was a reporter on newspapers and news wire services here and in Australia.

 

Gregg Pettit
Gregg Pettit

Gregg Pettit

Section Manager of Asset Protection, Maintenance and Development

Gregg joined the Authority in 2012 and is responsible for the protection, maintenance and future development of the Authority’s built assets. Gregg was responsible for the successful hand back of the Authority's London 2012 Legacy venues following the Games  and works with his team to ensure that all the Authority’s venues are maintained and developed to the highest standards.

Before joining the Authority Gregg worked for an international consultancy working specifically in the public sector, where he was responsible for delivering a range of facilities management services and capital asset projects. Gregg holds a BSc (Hons) and is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.

 

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