Birmingham 2022 Chair is appointed
The Prime Minister has appointed John Crabtree OBE as the Chair of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.
Mr Crabtree, Lord Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands, has been appointed for four years and six months beginning from 2 July 2018.
Responding to the announcement, made by Prime Minister Theresa May this afternoon, Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“If we are to gain the benefits for Birmingham that hosting the Commonwealth Games can bring, it is crucial we have senior leadership and oversight to steer the project successfully.
“John was an outstanding candidate for the role and demonstrated a clear understanding of what the city needs from the Games - along with a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be applied to the planning and delivery of a major international event.
“As the chair of the bid team that won the Games for Birmingham, I see this appointment as a passing of the baton as the Games Partners establish the eagerly-awaited Organising Committee to start the preparations for 2022 in earnest, and I look forward to working with John in the months and years to come.”