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