New 2012 project manager for Suffolk

A NEW project manager for the 2012 Olympics has today been appointed for Suffolk.Adam Baker, who currently heads the sports development unit at Ipswich Borough Council, is set to join Suffolk County Council in September to manage the challenging project.

A NEW project manager for the 2012 Olympics has been appointed for Suffolk.

Adam Baker, who currently heads the sports development unit at Ipswich Borough Council, is set to join Suffolk County Council in September to manage the challenging project.

His role will be to boost tourism given the county's proximity to London, improve the local economy by making sure Suffolk businesses benefit from the games and encourage more volunteering as around 2000 volunteers will be needed from the eastern region to help the games run smoothly.

Mr Baker said: "I am delighted to be taking on this job at such an exciting time and am looking forward to working with the sports groups and organisations, councils, businesses and other partners across the county to make sure Suffolk gets the best out of the Olympics."

Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County councillor for economic and cultural development, added: "In Suffolk we are in pole position to take full advantage of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and we need to make sure we are still benefiting long after the games are over.”

Mr Baker, who is married with three children and lives in Ipswich, led the nationally recognised Team Ipswich campaign to develop sport in the town and use the image and excitement of the Olympics to encourage people to get more active.