Commonwealth Games England appoints non-executive directors

Commonwealth Games England appoints non-executive directors

Commonwealth Games England (CGE), the body that leads and manages the participation of England at the Commonwealth Games, has announced that it will appoint new non-executive directors to its board in June.

Delia Bushell, Mark Hanson and Dame Caroline Spelman will join CGE following next month’s 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The new non-executive directors will take up their roles ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which are due to be staged in Birmingham, England. They replace Hamish McInnes, David Ross and Martin Thomas, who will remain on the board until after Gold Coast 2018.

Bushell brings over 20 years of experience as a media executive across a range of industries. For the past three years, she has served as managing director of BT Sport and BT TV, leading BT’s sport channels, its pay-TV platform and the acquisition of premium sports, entertainment and film rights. Prior to this, Bushell spent 14 years at broadcast giant Sky in a variety of different roles.

Hanson has a background in strategy consulting, diplomacy and the military, with high-level experience in non-executive roles in the sports world. He is the former deputy chairman at UK Sport and was a member of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships board.

Meanwhile, Spelman has served the West Midlands constituency of Meriden as a local member of parliament (MP) for over 20 years, and was the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs in former prime minister David Cameron’s coalition cabinet from 2010 to 2012.

"It couldn't be a more important time for both the Commonwealth Games movement and Commonwealth Games England and I am looking forward to joining the team in the lead up to a very exciting home Games with Birmingham 2022,” said Hanson.

“As a West Midlands MP,” added Spelman. “I want bring all my experience and local knowledge to help Team England excel in front of the home crowd and to ensure all our visitors gain a great impression of our region,. Living in the West Midlands myself, I know we are all so thrilled that the Games is coming to Birmingham and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

CGE chairman Ian Metcalfe said: “I’m very pleased to announce the three new non-executive directors who will be joining the board at Commonwealth Games England. Their calibre of experience in sports really adds to the existing talent on our board.

“They bring an incredible wealth and depth of knowledge in politics, media and public affairs that will make great additions to our team as we prepare to host the next Games in Birmingham in 2022.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are due to take place from 4th to 15th April.