Key role for Birmingham Commonwealth Games appointed

One of the key figures behind the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and London 2012 Olympics will run Birmingham 2022.

Neil Carney, who was head of games operations for Gold Coast 2018, been appointed project director within Birmingham City Council. The role will see Carney will oversee and coordinate city council operations.

Upcoming projects at the council in preparation for the games include a 1,000-home athletes village, an upgrade of Alexander Stadium, an arts festival and development of Sprint rapid bus routes.

Carney has worked on the 2015 European Games, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games.

Birmingham City Council chief executive, Dawn Baxendale, says the role is “key” for the council.

“We had a number of very strong candidates, but Neil’s breadth of experience shone through and we look forward to him getting into the role,” she said.

Carney said: “I am passionate about blending the best of international expertise with local workforces such as that within the city council. I believe that successful project delivery comes from strong, mutual relationships and communication across all Games partners.

“I can’t wait to get started on in Birmingham during a time of fantastic opportunity for the city and its residents.”