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The CGE Team

The CGE Team

 

  Paul Blanchard
  Chief Executive
 
Paul has 25 years experience in the sports industry. He has worked in Cricket at The Oval, in Premier League and Scottish Football and also the NFL in Europe.
 
Most recently he was CEO at Harlequins Rugby League and prior to joining CGE was CEO at The Surrey Sports Park, an elite athlete training and event venue based at The University of Surrey.
 
He has also served on the Advisory Board of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and was Chair of The County Sports Partnership, Active Surrey.
 
Paul joined CGE in August 2015.
 
 
 
 
   
 Sarah Winckless
 Chef de Mission Bahamas 2017 & Gold Coast 2018
 

Sarah Winckless comes to us with a background in elite sport and a passion to create great teams to support today's athletes. As an Olympic rower she competed in three Olympic Games and six World Championships, gaining an Olympic Medal and being World Champion twice.

She has worked with Team GB through the London, Sochi and Rio cycles, in the time taking the role of Chef de Mission of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
 
Sarah currently sits on both the UK anti-doping and British Bobsleigh and Skeleton boards. She balances her work in sport with developing teams in businesses through leadership and mentoring programmes.
 
Sarah was appointed in April 2016.
   
Don Parker
Sports Director / Deputy Chef de Mission (Sport)
 

 

 

 

 

 

A former International Table Tennis Player who represented England over 200 times, Don joined Commonwealth Games England in 1997. Don graduated from Loughborough University in 1978 and was appointed National Coach by the English Table Tennis Association.

He worked within the Governing Body for 18 years in a variety of performance related positions. In 1995 he took up the position of Deputy Technical Director at the British Olympic Association, and was involved in the 1st BOA Holding Camp in Tallahassee.

In his time with Commonwealth Games England, Don has undertaken a senior role at all four Commonwealth Youth Games as well as the last five Commonwealth Games.

Pivotal to the roles undertaken by Don has been his relationship with the Governing Bodies, his sports knowledge, his relationship with athletes across all the Commonwealth Sports and his understanding of the multi-sport environment.

In recognition of his achievements, Don was voted on to the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Sports Committee.

   
Louise Bell
Operations Director / Deputy Chef de Mission (Operations)
 
Louise has worked on international sport events since 2000, where she worked as a sport volunteer at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Following the Sydney Games, she worked for one of Australia’s leading Event Management companies, project managing events across Australia for client’s such as Swimming Australia and Surf Life Australia – two of the country’s most followed sports.
 
Australian born, Louise moved to the UK in 2007. She worked with the London Olympic Organising Committee, initially responsible for the logistics operation of the Aquatics Centre, before moving in to Venue Management, were she oversaw the Games Time operation.
 
Louise was Team England's Chef de Mission at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
 
Louise joined Commonwealth Games England in January 2013.
   
Frankie Kelly
Sport Operations Manager
 

 

Frankie joined CGE as Sport Operations Manager following her recent role as Development Manager at the Youth Sport Trust, where she oversaw the delivery of the 2016 School Games National Finals, held at Loughborough in September last year.

Prior to that, Kelly was Head of Volunteer Engagement at British Swimming.

Frankie joined CGE in February 2017 and she joins Sports Director Don Parker in the considerable task of preparing Team England for next year’s Games.

   
Alice Campbell
Operations Co-ordinator
 

 

Alice recently graduated from the University of Surrey having completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. During this time she completed a year’s placement at The Savoy Hotel working within the events operations department.

Her four years were also spent competing with the Surrey University Rowing Team, where her passion for sports and events began as the Social Secretary for the club.

Alice joined the team at Commonwealth Games England in August 2016.

   
Delia Bute
Operations Intern
 
 

Delia recently graduated from the University of Surrey upon completing a degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management, spread across four different countries. Delia’s passion for Events and Sports has started while working as an Event Assistant for the Annual Guildford Sport Mile Relief in 2014, supervising the delivery of the event and the safety of all participants.

During the University years, she also completed a 12-months Management Programme at a five-star Private Membership Club in South Florida, where she oversaw the delivery of hospitality services for private events and Golf Tournaments.

Delia joined the Commonwealth Games England team in August 2017.

   
Harriet Smith
Games Project Manager
 

 

Harriet began working in Sport as a Tennis and Surfing instructor before working on events such as The Formula One and The Grand Prix. She studied a Bachelor of Business at Monash University in Melbourne and in 2012 began working for Tennis Australia in their Events and Facilities team.

Working alongside governing bodies and athlete relations to deliver major cross-functional projects as well as marketing and commercial briefs - Harriet worked on four Australian Open’s in addition to the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Harriet moved to London in 2016 and joined Commonwealth Games England in February 2017.

   
Peter Hannon
Head of Media & Communications
 

 

Peter has over 10 years of communications experience across both sport and politics.  He joined CGE from UK Sport where he oversaw the organisation’s relationship with government.

As part of Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Peter led on communications and stakeholder relations at the team’s preparation camp in Belo Horizonte.  He was also a Press Officer with Team GB at the inaugural European Games in Baku in 2015.

Peter’s first role in sport was in the communications team at the EFL (formerly The Football League) and prior to that he ran campaigns for the Liberal Democrats.

Peter joined CGE in April 2017.

   
Carys Edwards
Sport Journalism Intern
 
   
   
Laura Spaven
Commercial Account Manager
 

 

Laura, who joins CGE from Octagon Marketing where she worked with Delta Airlines and Chelsea FC, brings with her over seven years of experience working across marketing and sponsorship strategy and delivery, account servicing and commercial rights management.

She also spent over two and a half years working on the 2015 Rugby World Cup Commercial Programme as Brand Manager and Commercial Operations Venue Manager.

Laura joined Team England in February 2017 as Commercial Account Manager, where she will lead on all of Commonwealth Games England’s commercial operations, working with current and prospective partners.

   
Vicki Harris
Business Support Manager
 

 

Vicki started her career as Vice-President for Sport at the University of Birmingham. She worked for the Students' Union, maintaining close relationships with the University and 52 sports clubs, to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to get involved with sport. During this time she also served as a member of the Advisory Board of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) as West Midlands Student Chair.

After her sabbatical year, Vicki worked as Support Assistant for British Ski and Snowboard, where she provided logistics and marketing support to the elite British squads and programmes.

Vicki joined the team at Commonwealth Games England in February 2016.

   
Deborah Morrod
Finance Manager
 

Deborah is a chartered accountant who specialises in SME businesses. She worked with PwC for 12 years in London SME business sector and was involved in the setting up of the Ukraine office.  Deborah also worked with ATC (International Holdings) for a number of years as both Finance Director and Overseas Taxation Consultant.

Deborah joined Commonwealth Games England in December 2012.

   
Dominique Mignot
Finance Executive
 

 

Dominique has worked as a management accountant for a number of companies such as Financial Training Company, Debenhams and more recently ATC (International Holdings). He has always had a keen interest in sports, which was just as well when he was offered this position at CGE.

Dominique joined the Team in January 2015 to support the Finance Manager Debbie Morrod.

   

 

  Alice Campbell
  Operations Coordinator

Alice recently graduated from the University of Surrey having completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. During this time she completed a year’s placement at The Savoy Hotel working within the events operations department.

Her four years were also spent competing with the Surrey University Rowing Team, where her passion for sports and events began as the Social Secretary for the club.

Alice joined the team at Commonwealth Games England in August 2016.

 

  Alice Campbell
  Operations Coordinator

Alice recently graduated from the University of Surrey having completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. During this time she completed a year’s placement at The Savoy Hotel working within the events operations department.

Her four years were also spent competing with the Surrey University Rowing Team, where her passion for sports and events began as the Social Secretary for the club.

Alice joined the team at Commonwealth Games England in August 2016.

  Alice Campbell
  Operations Coordinator

Alice recently graduated from the University of Surrey having completed a degree in International Hospitality Management. During this time she completed a year’s placement at The Savoy Hotel working within the events operations department.

Her four years were also spent competing with the Surrey University Rowing Team, where her passion for sports and events began as the Social Secretary for the club.

Alice joined the team at Commonwealth Games England in August 2016.