Birmingham 2022 organisers start on road to Commonwealth Games
Preparations for the 2022 Commonwealth Games have ramped up with the first meeting of the organising committee board, which has been augmented by the appointment of senior executives from Commonwealth Games England.
Ian Metcalfe, the chair of CGE, and Simon Ball, a senior independent director of the organisation, will represent the host association on the board, which also includes sports, civic and business experts and leaders representing Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the UK government and the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Birmingham 2022 said that at the meeting on Thursday of last week, the board established governance procedures, discussed the vision and mission of the games and received a detailed briefing on progress,
Until now work has focused on strategic planning, venue planning, budget forecasting, early transport modelling and the start of a procurement programme that will see games-related contracts awarded to local, regional and national companies.
The board is in the process of appointing a chief executive and other job opportunities have been advertised on the birmingham2022.com website.
The board members will serve until 30 June, 2023, following the delivery of the Commonwealth Games.
They include Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Zara Hyde Peters, a former Commonwealth Games athlete, as non-executive directors appointed by Jeremy Wright, the UK’s secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.
Further appointments to the board will be made in due course.
John Crabtree, the chair of the organising committee, said: “Birmingham 2022 will be a defining moment for us all. I am thrilled to be leading a board who will be passionately committed to delivering an outstanding event to inspire the Commonwealth, and an inclusive, ambitious event to benefit and galvanise everyone across the city and region.
“The board brings a wealth of sporting, civic and business experience and local knowledge, making sure we make the most of this wonderful opportunity for Birmingham, the West Midlands and the whole of the UK.”