Sir Robin Young KCB has been appointed as co-chair alongside Ed Warner

The board of London 2017 has announced the appointment of a new co-chair and four new non-executive directors who will have “strategic oversight” of London’s delivery of next year’s World Championships.

Sir Robin Young KCB, who headed the Department for Media, Culture and Sport as permanent secretary between 1998 and 2001 and the Department for Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2005, has been appointed as co-chair alongside Ed Warner.

He said: “I am excited to be joining the board of London 2017 to support the championships preparations. Great sporting events have a huge impact on the national psyche and this will be the case again next year when London hosts two back-to-back athletics world championships.

“We saw in London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 how the public embrace athletics championships and this will be a phenomenal event in a superb venue. I am looking forward to working with Ed Warner and the rest of the 2017 board to ensure we stage a successful summer of world athletics.

“The partners have come together to recruit the highest possible calibre board who are united behind agreed governance structures, budgets and operating plans.”

London 2017 co-chair Warner said: “I welcome Robin and our new non-executive directors to the board of London 2017.

“I am delighted that we have attracted such excellent non-executive directors. This is a board that can take strategic decisions in an atmosphere of collaboration behind the clear common goal of staging the best ever world championships.”

The newly appointed non-executive directors are:

David Armstrong (Audit Committee Chair) – Group CEO for Wasps where he led the successful acquisition of the Ricoh Arena and the relocation of the club to Coventry in 2014. Other previous positions include group financial director of Lonrho Plc and positions with Diageo, Pepsi, Compass and McArthurGlen.

Simon Bazalgette (Senior Independent Director) – Group CEO of The Jockey Club, which runs several of the UK’s biggest sports events including the Grand National, The Derby and The Cheltenham Festival. He is also chairman of The Grubb Institute and a non-executive director of Racecourse Media Group, British Champions Series and the Racecourse Association.

Liz McMahon – Managing director of Madison Muir Group London, whose previous positions include head of Mmarketing for treasury and investor services at JP Morgan, director of marketing services at the IOC and the head of international marketing on the winning bid for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Her current board roles include the Sport and Recreation Alliance as well as chairing the England board of the Sport Safeguarding Partnership.

She said: “After having been involved with the Olympic Games throughout much of my career, I know the challenges involved in delivering a successful event. I am delighted to take on this role, and it’s a privilege to be a part of the team.”

Vinai Venkatesham – Chief commercial officer for Arsenal FC, and formerly part of the commercial team at LOCOG where he worked across the Games’ successful three-tier sponsorship structure and wider commercial programme.