Nicky Roche appointed to lead Yorkshire’s Grand Départ
Nicky Roche has been appointed as chief executive of the TdF 2014 Ltd, the British organising committee that will oversee the delivery of the Grand Départ of next year's Tour de France cycling race.
As director of operations in the Government Olympic Executive, Yorkshire-born Roche was a key government advisor for the London Olympics and Paralympics last year.
She is currently in the government advisory group to the Rio Olympics in 2016 and has been a non-executive director at British Showjumping since April.
She will take up her new role this week.
“I am delighted with the appointment of Nicky Roche to lead the organising committee of Tdf 2014 Ltd to ensure the safe and successful delivery of the Tour de France as it starts its journey from the wonderful county of Yorkshire through Cambridge to the gates of Buckingham Palace,” said TdF 2014 Ltd chairman Sir Rodney Walker. “Nicky brings with her a wealth of experience working at the highest levels in government and through delivery of arguably the most high-profile event, the London 2012 Games. I very much look forward to working with her."
Roche, who will oversee a budget comprising UK£10 million from the British government and more from local authorities, will be responsible for the delivery of two road stages in Yorkshire and a third from Cambridge to London.
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