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Turner named Birmingham 2022 director of legacy

Team England athletes pose at Birmingham 2022 three-year countdown (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images for Birmingham 2022)

Organisers of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games have today (Tuesday) named Nicola Turner as director of legacy for the multi-sports events.

Turner will head up the Birmingham 2022 legacy partnership after joining from her role as head of access and participation at Office for Students, the regulator for universities in England.

Turner will lead the planning and delivery of all legacy programmes associated with the Games.

Commenting on her new role, Turner said: “I want local people and businesses to look back on the event with pride and to be able to point to the positive changes that it brought to Birmingham and the region. I’m looking forward to working with all the Games partners, whose commitment to delivering a fantastic event, with a strong legacy, has impressed me.”

John Crabtree, chair of the event’s Legacy and Benefits committee, remarked: “In Nicola we have appointed someone with a great deal of experience of leading programmes that have delivered national and regional impact, and she has a great track record of working on complex partnerships.

“We’ve known for a long time that this would be a crucial role, but it has taken on a renewed importance in recent months. Birmingham 2022 has a key part to play in the recovery plan for the West Midlands over the next couple of years, as well as being an obvious way that we can support local people across the region and bring communities together following the devastating global pandemic.”

In 2015, Turner received an MBE for services to the West Midlands, following her work on SME (small or medium-sized enterprise) growth and graduate retention.

The director of legacy role is co-funded by different Games stakeholders.