By Duncan Mackay

Dennis Hone_with_Jeremy_Hunt_at_London_2012_Olympic_VillageSeptember 20 - Dennis Hone (pictured right), the chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), is the highest paid Government official in Britain, new figures published today reveal.

Hone, who was appointed as head of the ODA in February 2011 when David Higgins left to join Network Rail, earned a package worth between £310,000-£315,000 ($503,000/€388,000-$511,000/€394,000) last year.

Before he took over as chief executive, Hone was the director of finance and corporate finances at the ODA.

He had previously worked as the chief operating officer at English Partnerships, the country's national regeneration agency. 

Hone has been widely praised for ensuring that the facilities for London 2012 were ready on time and that the transport plan worked so well during the Olympics and Paralympics.

Hone, who is also currently working as the acting chief executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), is tipped to receive a knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours List. 

The figures were published by the Government to illustrate that senior officials were earning less since the Coalition came to power in May 2010.

Last year's top-earning Government official was Nuclear Decommissioning Authority head Tony Fountain, whose package was worth more than £500,000 ($811,000'€625,000).

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