United By Birmingham 2022 Legacy Charity
Meet our establishment trustee board
Founded by Birmingham 2022 Chair, John Crabtree, OBE, United By 2022 sees the potential of the Games to improve the image of Birmingham and the West Midlands and how, for thousands of people who live and work here, 2022 will become a springboard for new possibilities. An establishment Trustee Board has been put in place to ensure we don’t miss these opportunities as the new charity gets into gear.
Later this year United By 2022 will run an open and transparent selection process to recruit a permanent Trustee Board. It will advertise publicly for permanent Trustees and confirm positions on the permanent Board before the Games. Once this happens the Establishment Trustee Board will be dissolved.
Our establishment Trustees are drawn from the region with dedication and expertise in a range of fields including sport, the arts and business.
John Crabtree OBE
“Since I took on the role of Chair of Birmingham 2022 I have been clear that as individuals, as neighbours, as communities, and as a region we must seize the Games moment as a catalyst for our region. United By 2022 will help us to do that, creating durable legacy, and healthier, more prosperous futures for many.”
John Crabtree OBE is Chair of Birmingham 2022 and Chair of the establishment Trustee Board of United By 2022. He is passionate about the West Midlands and its prosperity and has supported the region tirelessly over many years in many different capacities, culminating in his appointment on 3 January 2017 by Her Majesty The Queen to be her representative and became Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands. He had previously been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2005.
John has many community and charitable interests and was previously Chairman of the national charity for deafblind people, Sense, and of Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust.
Ellie Simmonds OBE
“I’m so excited for Birmingham 2022 and it’s incredible to have an Olympic size pool built in Sandwell. To have this kind of facility as a legacy for people to be able to use after the Games is amazing and I can’t wait to play my part as an establishment Trustee to the legacy charity.”
Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Simmonds OBE is a five-time Paralympic Champion and ] shot to fame in 2008 when she won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 13 at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Later that year she became the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year. She was awarded an MBE at the age of 14. Ellie has continued to dominate her sport, winning 14 World titles, ten European titles and broken numerous world records along the way. Since leaving full-time education, Ellie has worked with charities such as the Dwarf Sports Association, WaterAid, and I AM WATER.
Ellie is an independent member of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee Board and is driven to inspire the next generation to love swimming, both as a competitive sport, but also as an essential life skill.
“As a leader of one of Birmingham and the West Midland’s largest private companies I see 2022 will be a gamechanger for our region and our people. We run a global tech business from Tyseley and I’m passionate about giving people the chance to succeed. Under the spotlight of the Games we get a once in a generation opportunity to create projects like Gen22 which is drawing in young people from the widest variety of backgrounds and empowering them to play a larger role in the economy and society. This charity can keep those benefits flowing for years to come and I’m genuinely excited about what we can achieve.”
James Rigby is Chief Executive of SCC, the £2.5bn technology services business and largest privately-owned company in the West Midlands. SCC has been headquartered in Birmingham since 1975, with offices throughout the UK and international businesses in France, Spain, Romania, and Vietnam.
Under James’ leadership, SCC has achieved consistent year-on-year growth, employed tens of thousands of people, supported regional economies, and led technology innovation in the UK and Europe.
James is also Co-Chief Executive of Rigby Group, the parent company of SCC, with interests in technology, airports, aviation, hotels, real estate, and financial services, and a Trustee of The Rigby Foundation, the group’s charitable trust.
James’ personal ethos, based on his own experience, is to grow skills within a business, ensuring family values remain at the heart of SCC. James advocates reinvestment in people and communities and takes a proactive leadership role in SCC’s charitable initiatives, with a strong focus on the development of skills and lifelong learning.
A fluent French speaker, James splits his time between SCC’s operations in France and the UK, where he lives in Warwickshire with his wife and three children.
Derrick Anderson CBE
“From sport through to culture the Games and United By 2022 have an opportunity to help bring people together and champion projects like Gen22 that will help young people to develop the employability skills and confidence, boosting our talent pool for the long term.”
Derrick is a member of establishment Trustee Board for United By 2022 and is also a member of the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee Board. He has more than twenty-five years’ senior management experience in local government and more than thirty years in the public sector. He holds non-executive directorships of UK Municipal Bond Agency Plc, Social Finance Ltd and Social Value Portal Ltd and is a trustee of the Wave Trust charity.
He was previously Chief Executive of City of Wolverhampton Council and Lambeth Council and was voted Public Leader of the Year in the Guardian Public Services Awards 2012. Derrick was awarded a CBE for services to local government in January 2003.
“I am thrilled to be involved with United By 2022, which will capitalise on the opportunities created by Birmingham 2022 - a defining moment for our city and our region. United by 2022 will help ensure that we carry forward the benefits of the Games and these have a lasting impact on people and communities. I am particularly excited about playing a part in stretching the legacy of the Games into as many of our diverse communities as possible".
Harj has wide experience and expertise in PR, governance, commercial, legal and finance matters, and is committed as a Trustee to deploying her skills, knowledge, networks and contacts to advance charitable aims and diverse community interests. Harj is Commercial Director and Co-Owner of Birmingham-based PR agency, Rewired PR which works with clients across the UK, including Cadbury World, Mondelez International and Birmingham Ormiston Academy.
Harj also serves as a Trustee of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd, a charitable arts organisation which welcomes over 1 million visitors and participants each year through live performances, festivals, learning, participation, and community activities.
Harj started her career at international law firm Gowling WLG, where she worked as a commercial solicitor for over 10 years.
“As a born and bred Brummie I could not be prouder of Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Games is also a once in a generation opportunity for our region to reap the benefits for years to come and creating United By 2022 gives us a brilliant opportunity to share those benefits with the many diverse communities that call this region home.”
Ian is Chair of Commonwealth Games England and is one of CGE’s two appointees to the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee Board. He is also CGE`s nominee on the Games Strategic Board, chaired by the Minister for Sport.
Ian played rugby locally for Moseley, also representing the Barbarians and touring New Zealand with England. Ian served nine years on the Board of the RFU, chaired the RFU`s Professional Game Board and sat on the Board of ER 2015 Limited, the organising body for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, hosted in England. Ian has also been involved in cricket, serving 23 years as a Committee member at Warwickshire CCC, including four years as Vice Chairman. He is now an Honorary Life Member.
Ian is Chairman of Mercia Asset Management plc and a non-executive director of Arena Events Group plc. He is also a non-executive director of the global waste management and waste services group, TRRG Holdings Limited, a Dutch/Spanish joint venture.