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HQ Team

HQ Team

England will be led at the Samoa 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games by a  HQ Team consisting of a Chef de Mission, operational staff, and a Head Doctor and a Head Physiotherapist.

Louise Bell
Chef de Mission


Louise has worked full time at CGE since January 2013, when she joined the operations team ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Games. Her existing role at CGE is as Operations Director.

Louise has worked across a range of sports in the international sporting event industry since 2000, and in a number of functional areas, including operations, logistics and venue management. She has been involved in a number of major events, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2007 World Swimming Championships,and the London 2012 Olympic Games. Most recently she was with CGE at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Louise will lead an English delegation of approximately 90 Team Members to Samoa split across 8 sports, and including 7 HQ staff.

Don Parker
Sport Operations


Don is CGE's Sport Director and has worked with Team England for the past 16 years attending 9 Commonwealth Games (including 4 previous Youth Commonwealth Games).  A former England international table tennis player and National Coach, Don joined CGE from the BOA where he was Deputy Technical Director for three years. He has attended seven Olympic Games in various roles including Team Leader and Head Coach and is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Sports Committee.

Don will oversee Sport Operations in Samoa.


Ben Hutchison
HQ Operations


Ben joined Commonwealth Games England in May 2013, and played a key role in Team England's operations and logistics team leading in to the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Ben was heavily involved in a number of projects including kit supply and sizing, kit distribution, ticketing, athlete data management systems, sport liaison and  City HQ operations at Games Time.

Ben will manage Team England's HQ operation in Samoa.



Shane Ward
HQ Operations



Shane has joined the CGE team to support the operations team in Samoa. Although Shane works for the David Ross Education Trust as Sports Enrichment Manager as his full time position, he has previously worked with CGE on the Queen’s Baton Relay and attended numerous CGE operations and events.

Shane has worked in youth and community sport for many years, delivering large scale events, managing numerous projects, teaching, coaching youth sport and accessing funding.

Dr Mike Loosemore
Head Doctor





Dr Mike Loosemore has been GB Boxing doctor for 18 years. During this time he has been Chief medical officer for England athletics, British Bobsleigh, British Fencing and British snow sports.

He has attended in an official capacity the last four Commonwealth games and was Chief Medical Officer in Delhi and Glasgow. Samoa will be his fourth Youth Commonwealth Games as Chief Medical Officer / Head Doctor.


Dr Farrah Jawad
Doctor &
HQ Operations


Farrah is a doctor in Sport and Exercise Medicine. She has experience in working at different sporting events including British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), UK Athletics and GB Basketball.  She is on the register of Approved Doctors compiled by England Boxing.

Farrah will support Team England in Samoa in a dual role, working in the HQ Operations team, and supporting England's Head Doctor as required.

Laura Hanna
Head Physiotherapist



Laura has worked with Team England at the Commonwealth Games since 1993 attending her first Games in KL as part of the HQ physiotherapy team. She has since then attended 2 other games in Delhi 2010 and Glasgow  2014 as Deputy Chief Physiotherapist and Chief Physiotherapist respectively. This will be her third Commonwealth Youth Games having previously attending those in Puna and on the Isle of Man.

Laura has worked in sport full time as a physiotherapist for 18 years and is currently Physiotherapy Manager for England and Great Britain Hockey having held this post for 14 years.

The above appointments were announced on Wednesday 15 April 2015.