Royal Parks Agency chief takes on Olympic Park legacy role amid tough funding climate

Royal Parks Agency chief executive Mark Camley is to quit his job to take over the post of director of park operations at the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

"My job is to get the park ready for 2012, the reopening in 2013 and, beyond that, to ensure that it continues to flourish," he said. His contract starts on 3 January.

"I haven't seen budgets for the coming year but there will be plans to have a parks manager," said Camley.

He gave no further details of his role or funding issues but said: "Generally speaking, it is going to continue to be a tough world for park funding and I don't see any respite from reductions.

"The challenge for park managers and park professionals is how to bridge that funding gap and maintain standards and provision of services against the background of falling grants."

Camley said his proudest achievements during his tenure at the Royal Parks were the reintroduction of the Royal Parks' apprenticeship team, hosting major events such as Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, this year's royal wedding and the Tour de France.


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