Commonwealth Games lead appointed

The first Commonwealth Games project manager has been appointed by NEC Group.

Donovan Myers steps into the role ahead of the group due to host a total of nine sports in 2022 in three of its flagship venues – Arena Birmingham, the NEC and Genting Arena, soon to be renamed Resorts World Arena.

His role will be co-ordinating the group’s activities to ensure all commitments are delivered towards the safe and successful delivery of the games.

Myers currently works as business change manager for the NEC in Birmingham.

He said: “It is a huge honour to take up this appointment. I’ve always enjoyed working on large and complex change management projects especially those that enhance customer experience.

“After working here for close on twenty years, I can’t imagine leaving NEC Group – especially as it’s given me so much behind-the-scenes exposure supporting the group in successfully delivering world-class events.

“Securing the games is a big achievement for the region and the UK. I’m confident it’s going to leave a legacy for decades to come – not just for sports – but for tourism, business and the community.

“The opportunity to truly give something back to the community and my local neighbourhood feels like the perfect role for me.”

Phil Mead, managing director for arenas and Ticket Factory, added: “Alongside Donovan’s clear commitment to working with the community, his outstanding track record for driving ideas, motivating diverse teams of people and achieving stand-out results will set him in excellent stead for this position.

“We were delighted to make an internal appointment for this business-critical role working on one of our most ambitious and exciting projects to date.”