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Olympic official got £285,000 bonus

A key Whitehall official behind the Olympics was handed a bonus of around £285,000 last year.

Jeremy Beeton, director general of the Government Olympic Executive, received the sum after leaving his post in November following the London Games.

With his £230,000 salary, it means he was paid some £1.2 million over two-and-a-half years.

The reward was disclosed in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's (DCMS) latest set of accounts.

DCMS said his bonus of £280,000-£285,000 for 2012/13 was the result of hitting annual and long-term targets. The previous year he was awarded £195,000-£200,000, and in 2010/11 £130,000-£135,000.

Mr Beeton, a non-executive director at energy firm SSE since July 2011, also received the Order of the Bath in the New Year Honours for his role in delivering the Games.

The department's report said: "Jeremy Beeton was appointed in 2007, following an external competition supervised by the Civil Service Commissioners, on a fixed-term contract ending in 2012 after the Olympic and Paralympic games.

"His remuneration, agreed with HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office, reflected his extensive experience in the construction industry with the unique challenge of delivering the Olympics to a fixed deadline.

"His annual salary was in the range of £225,000 - £230,000 and he was additionally eligible for both an annual bonus scheme linked to achievement of specific annual performance targets, and a long-term bonus scheme linked to achievement of specific measurable performance targets in 2010, 2011 and 2012."

It added: "This performance bonus was specific to the package of remuneration designed to recruit someone to help ensure a successful Olympic Games, and does not represent the norm across the Department."


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