Non-Executive Directors - Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Body: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Appointing Department: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sector: Culture, Media & Sport
Location: Birmingham and Central London
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Communication / Media / Marketing, Major Projects, Procurement
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: No
Time Requirements: The Organising Committee will hold monthly Board meetings. In addition, trustees are expected to attend other committee meetings as necessary as well as occasionally attending profile-raising events for the Games. The total time varies depending on committee membership, but on average it will be two or three days per month.


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Secretary of State Appointments to the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Date: 13/09/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/06/2018, 9am

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    9 - 10 July 2018

  • Announcement

    13/09/2018 at 13:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint a number of non-executive members to Birmingham 2022 Ltd, the Organising Committee (OC) of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest mega multi-sport events in the world, attracting more than 6,500 athletes and officials and over a million spectators.

On 21 December 2017 the Commonwealth Games Federation awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 Games to Birmingham. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been working with Commonwealth Games England, Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority to put in place the necessary structures to deliver a world class Games in 2022. Central to this will be the OC, which will have responsibility for planning and delivering the Games.

Board members will have been involved with the delivery  of complex, multi-stakeholder projects in the public eye and the scale of budget required for an event of this size. They will be a strong advocate for sport and be passionate about the Commonwealth Games movement and its ambitions for positive social and economic benefits for individuals and communities, nationally and internationally.

Person Specification

The OC will require up to 5 non-executive directors with a mix of skills from a variety of backgrounds. All candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to provide strategic leadership in their chosen field.
  • Political sensitivity and understanding, with the ability to secure the confidence of those around them, and  to build highly effective, influential and collaborative relationships with national, regional and local government.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • The experience to influence and offer guidance on strategy, governance, commercial and financial matters that cross service, sector and professional boundaries.

Specifically, we are looking to appoint people who could contribute expertise in finance, construction or procurement, local government and community engagement, stakeholder relationship management and sport.


The successful candidate will be able to give evidence of:

  • Extensive financial and business experience, gained through senior level (CFO level in a major company or organisation, or partner in a major accountancy firm) experience in either the public or private sector.
  • Significant audit committee experience at senior level.
  • A detailed understanding of all the components of successful corporate financial management.


Construction or Procurement

The successful candidate will be able to give evidence of:

  • Direct and relevant experience of comparable major infrastructure projects.
  • Significant and relevant experience in negotiating and managing relationships, eg with trade unions and suppliers.
  • An understanding of construction costs, contingency allocation and management, and risks.
  • Experience in collaborative working, partnership approaches and contractor involvement.
  • Experience in modern methods of construction and assembly processes.


Local Government and Community Engagement
The successful candidate will be able to give evidence of:

  • Significant successful experience of community liaison and networking.
  • An understanding of key local social and political issues in the host city region.
  • Significant leadership experience of successful working  in a local government environment .
  • A clear vision of how to ensure delivery of the legacy for the local area and its people.


Stakeholder Relationship Management

The successful candidate will be able to give evidence of:

  • First class professional communications and media handling skills of high profile projects.
  • Significant experience of working successfully with central government and lobbyists.
  • Detailed understanding of the key political issues and sensitivities.
  • Significant experience in giving board level advice on communication strategies and tactics.


Sport/Major Events

The successful candidate will be able to give evidence of:

  • A track record of working with and within sport.
  • An understanding about how domestic and international sport operates, particularly as it relates to the Commonwealth Games.
  • Experience of sport and of mega multi-sport events as an athlete, coach and/or official, Organising Committee employee and an understanding of what makes a great Games for those groups.


Additional Information

About Birmingham 2022 Ltd

The Commonwealth Games is one of the largest mega multi-sport events in the world, attracting more than 6,500 athletes and officials and over a million spectators. The role of the OC is to deliver an outstanding 2022 Commonwealth Games for the athletes, the spectators, for those in the host city, the country and the Commonwealth Games family.

The OC of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 Ltd will be a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), and its sponsoring government department will be the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

In addition to the five unpaid non-executive directors, the board will comprise the Chair and a number of nominees from each of the Games partners. At full complement the OC leadership will be drawn from a range of backgrounds, bringing an effective mix of skills and knowledge from the region, sports, finance and business worlds.

As an NDPB, certain governance structures will be required by government, and in addition to chairing the OC Board, the appointee will be required to participate in other board committees as necessary, likely to include the Risk & Audit Committee and the Remunerations Committee.

The non-executive directors will be appointed to the Organising Committee on a five year term until it ceases operations in the months following completion of the Games in early 2023.

These appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

How to Apply

To apply, please send:

  • a CV of no more than three sides of A4, setting out details of your education and qualifications, employment history, directorships, membership of professional bodies and details of any publications or awards;
  • a supporting statement of no more than three sides of A4, clearly setting out how you meet the criteria and skills as set out above;
  • Diversity monitoring form – your data will be stored separately from your application and will at no time be connected to you or your application in order to meet the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments;
  • Conflicts of interest form

Completed applications should preferably be emailed to: – please put Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the Subject line.

Or, if this is not possible, post a hard copy to [YourName], Public Appointments Team, Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ, by 11pm on 15 June 2018.

In case of difficulty, please contact Dan Skerten in the DCMS Public Appointments Unit on 020 7211 2882.

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