Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive at Commonwealth Games England
Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the English team at the Commonwealth Games working closely with each sport’s National Governing Body, funding partner Sport England, and the Games’ Organising Committee.
England is one of only six countries to have taken part in every edition of the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games and, lying at the epicentre of what was once the British Empire, England occupies a uniquely close relationship to the Commonwealth Games.
CGE has been responsible for preparing and delivering the England Team at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games since their inception in 1930.
The core purposes are to lead and manage the participation of the England Team at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games; to help in delivering excellent performance environments; to represent England effectively within the CGF, and to raise the profile and reinforce the value, reputation and future of a great sporting event.
Sports Minister Mims Davies
Miriam Jane Alice “Mims” Davies is a Conservative Party politician who was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Eastleigh in May 2015. She currently serves as Minister for Sport and Civil Society, since November 2018.[full bio pending]
Paul Elliott CBE, Former footballer
Elliott, whose playing career began at Charlton Athletic in 1979, went on to represent Luton Town and Aston Villa before becoming the first black English footballer to play in Italy when he joined Pisa in 1985. On his return from Italy, he joined Celtic and finally Chelsea, where he became the club’s first black captain in 1991. He holds a CBE and MBE for services in the field of inclusion and anti-discrimination, and has had a 30 year career tackling discrimination in football. He is currently a member of The Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board.[full bio pending]
Karen Findlay, Rugby Coach and Chief Inspector with the Metropolitan Police
Karen Findlay is a Scottish rugby coach and former international player who played for the Scotland women’s national rugby union team. She coaches Harlequins Ladies who compete in the Women’s Premiership. She won 85 caps for Scotland and captained the side 52 times. She is a chief inspector with the Metropolitan Police.
Andy Reed OBE
Andy is the Director of SajeImpact and was the Labour & Co-operative MP for Loughborough between 1997 and 2010. He was awarded an OBE for his contribution to sport and the Community in 2012. In 2014 he was appointed a Professor of Sport Policy & Development at Liverpool John Moores University.[full bio pending]