Business leader John Crabtree has been named as chairman of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The West Midlands-based lawyer and businessman will take on a £20,000 per year role overseeing Games’ delivery, following his appointment by the UK Government.
Crabtree, a director of English Premiership rugby club Worcester Warriors, is a high-profile local figure, who has played a key role in the public life of the city and region over many years.
He currently serves as Lord Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands, following a long and varied business career, which includes a number of significant chairmanship and board positions.
The Prime Minister has today appointed John Crabtree OBE as the Chair of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, as plans for #Birmingham2022 gather pace - full story here: https://t.co/xELnDhvmFl pic.twitter.com/EdrsODaVWy— Birmingham 2022 (@birminghamcg22) July 6, 2018
Among Crabtree’s first responsibilities will be to lead recruitment of a Birmingham 2022 chief executive and senior leadership team, as Birmingham seeks to fast-track its preparations for the Games.
The West Midlands city was only awarded hosting rights in December 2017, replacing original host Durban. The South African organisers were stripped of the event by the Commonwealth Games Federation after failing to meet financial deadlines.
Commenting on Crabtree’s appointment, sports minister Tracey Crouch said: "Birmingham 2022 will be an incredible moment for the city and leave a lasting economic and sporting legacy. I am delighted that John Crabtree has been appointed as chair.
"Not only is he passionate about delivering an outstanding event for the whole of the Commonwealth, he also brings with him a wealth of business experience and local knowledge to ensure we maximise the benefits for Birmingham, the West Midlands and the whole UK."