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Government appoints chairman for Birmingham 2022

The UK government has appointed John Crabtree as chairman of the local organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will be held in the English city of Birmingham.

Local lawyer Crabtree (pictured) has been appointed to the role by Prime Minister Theresa May, with the government bearing responsibility for three quarters of the funding for the multi-sport event. The government said Crabtree will earn £20,000 (€22,700/$26,500) per year for the position, adding that the role commenced on July 2.

Crabtree is Lord Lieutenant for the County of the West Midlands, acting as the Queen’s representative in the region. He is currently chairman of Glenn Howells Architects, Real Estate Investors, Staffline Group, White & Black Limited, Brandauer Holdings and Finch Consulting. He is also a director of Tara Developments and Premiership rugby union club Worcester Warriors.

Crabtree is chairman of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel which oversees Birmingham City Council’s performance. He said: “I was thrilled to be selected for this role and to be so directly involved in such a wonderful opportunity for the region.”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, added: “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.”

Birmingham was announced as the new host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in December, a move that will bring the event back to England for the first time in two decades. Birmingham landed the Games after the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in March removed the hosting rights from Durban amid long-running concern over financing of the event in the South African city.