Martin quits over Birmingham 2022 diversity
Dame Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, has voluntarily resigned from the Birmingham 2022 board after concerns were raised over a lack of diversity.
There was just one black person on the 20-person board and executive management team, prompting demands that the decisionmaking team be made more reflective of the ethnic diverthat sity both in Birmingham and across the Commonwealth.
Martin’s move will place added scrutiny on other board members. Ian Reid, chief executive of Birmingham 2022, has promised to make changes. “I accept the leadership is not currently reflective of the host city and it should be,” he said.
Sandra Osborne, a sports lawyer who is president of the Barbados Olympic and Commonwealth Games associations, and sits with Martin on the CGF, will now join the Birmingham 2022 board.
Martin will remain CGF president and, although she had not been asked to stand down, it was a move that she had been considering for several months. “The CGF is proud that our organisation reflects the diversity of the Commonwealth Sport Movement and that we have a person of Sandra’s calibre to actively contribute on the Birmingham 2022 Board,” a CGF statement said.