Search begins for chair of Birmingham 2022 organising committee
The UK government has launched the process of hiring a chair for Birmingham 2022, the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games in that year.
The UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport is using Sports Recruitment International, the sports executive hiring specialists, to assist in its search.
The chair of the organising committee will be responsible for planning and delivering the games in collaboration with the DCMS, Commonwealth Games England, Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority.
The chair’s role will require on average one day per week, with £20,000 ($28,000) remuneration per year and “reasonable expenses” paid.
The chair will also “develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners,” “be a strong advocate for sport” and “passionate about the Commonwealth Games movement and its ambitions for positive social and economic benefits for individuals and communities, nationally and internationally”.
Individuals have until 12pm (BST) on 6 April to submit applications.
More information on the role can be found here.
In December, Birmingham was formally unveiled as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and looks set to part-finance the £750-million ($1-billion) sporting festival through a hotel tax, becoming the first UK city to introduce such a levy.
The UK government has already pledged to cover 75 per cent of the funding, leaving Birmingham City Council to raise the remaining 25 per cent, or £180 million.
A key part of Birmingham 2022’s pledge to the Commonwealth Games Federation was to deliver a “low cost, low risk, high quality games,” with 95 per cent of necessary competition venues already in place. An aquatics centre is the sole venue that needs to be built.
Birmingham had originally set its sights on bidding to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, but brought its plans forward last year following confirmation that Durban, which was initially slated to host the 2022 edition, had been dropped.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gets under way in Gold Coast, Australia on 4 April.