Commonwealth Games Wales

Our Board

A new Board is elected every four years, immediately after the Games have been held, to oversee the work of CGW and steer its strategic direction. Details about our current Board members are listed below. 

Board Members

Helen Phillips - Chair

Helen has served the Board as a Non-Executive Director for two games cycles, initially as Director and then as Vice-Chair and was appointed to lead Team Wales in Glasgow as Chair in September 2013. She lead the organisation for Wales’s most successful Commonwealth Games in history. Helen took the reigns as Chair for Welsh Gymnastics in 2001 and retired from British Gymnastics Board following the very successful London 2012 Olympics, an impressive 15 years involvement in sport. Helen, a businesswoman born in Merthyr Tydfil, has been instrumental in managing change, establishing key relationships and working closely with the Chief Executive to drive excellence and ambition in the work of Commonwealth Games Wales.

Jon Morgan - Vice Chair

Jon is Chief Executive of Disability Sport Wales. Living in Swansea, he manages his time between work and family life. In his spare time sport continues to dominate with a keen interest in all things Welsh. A former General Team Manager the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games, Jon is passionate about ensuring that Team Wales is best prepared and supported moving forward. Outside of sport, Jon is a Trustee for a children's charity in Swansea, The Friends of Stepping Stones. The charity supports programmes which help with the development of pre-school age children with either a disability or emerging educational need and their families.

Craig Maxwell - Commercial Director

Craig has been the Head of Group Sales and Marketing for the Welsh Rugby Union since 2010. His background in sports, participation and administration, coupled with his experience as a Sponsorship Manager, Marketing Manager and European Rugby Cup (ERC) Commercial Committee member means he has great experience in managing major commercial programmes and events.

Wendy Barbour - Finance Director 

Having graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in Technology and Business Studies, Wendy joined SSE as a graduate trainee in 1989.  She worked through a variety of marketing, finance and commercial roles, before progressing in 2007 to Head of Marketing. She has also managed and delivered many significant M&A initiatives and ran SSE’s Retail Telecoms business for a number of years. In April 2013, Wendy became Director of Commonwealth Games and Sponsorship and was responsible for the successful delivery of SSE’s CWG2014 programme and led the contractual negotiations and delivery for the SSE Hydro/Arena properties along with other various sponsorship assets.  Wendy is now SSE’s Director of Customer Propositions leading the Domestic Energy business profitability.

Dr Nicola Phillips - Independent Director

Nicola has gained operational expertise from her multi-sports experience, with Glasgow 2014 being her eighth Commonwealth Games. She has worked both as a team member and in leadership roles, culminating in her Deputy Chef de Mission position in Glasgow 2014. Nicola is a Reader at Cardiff University, and her core expertise lies in Physiotherapy. She provides strategic input into developing support to High Performance athletes throughout Wales.

Hannah Raybould - Independent Director

Hannah is Director of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Cymru. She has an active interest in promoting Wales as a vibrant, creative, welcoming, exciting country and promoting the individuals that excel in any field of achievement. She enjoys travelling, films (obviously!) gardening and interior design in her spare time. Hannah's aim is to support the work of Commonwealth Games Wales to help encourage new and existing athletes and bring all sports to the attention of as many people in Wales by offering advice on partnerships, promotion and PR.

Claire Warnes - Independent Director

Claire is a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice and leads KPMG's work on healthcare regulation and professional standards, as well as major change projects across the public sector. She brings expertise in public policy, corporate governance, leadership and board effectiveness. Claire, a former Welsh international athlete at 400m, is passionate about the role sport can play in inclusion and equality and has been a mentor on the Women Ahead leadership programme connecting business and elite sport. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Sport Trust.

Board Advisors

Anne Ellis OBE – President

Anne served as President to the record breaking Team Wales in Glasgow 2014. She has been awarded an MBE for her services to Welsh and British Hockey and in 2005 was awarded an OBE for her services to sport in Wales. Having previously served as Chef de Mission for Team Wales in Melbourne 2006, the variety of posts she has held - including President of Hockey Wales, Chair of Welsh Sports Association and Vice Chair of Sport Wales - demonstrates her experience, passion and commitment to CGW.

Brian Davies OBE – Sport Wales representative

In Brian’s role as Director of Elite Performance, he has responsibility for the development and implementation of the Elite Sport Strategy for Sport Wales. Brian began his career in sport as an athlete, having played rugby for the Saracens for seven years (four as captain) – but they didn’t have any money then, so he had to get a “real” job and joined Sport Wales in 1996 as a governing body liaison officer. He then spent five years as the Development Manager for the Golf Union of Wales during the successful 2010 Ryder Cup bid. Following his sojourn into golf, he returned to Sport Wales in 2008 but this time to the elite performance side - as the manager of the Sport Wales Institute.

In addition to Brian’s job, he has also been honoured and privileged to have been an integral part of Team Wales for the past nine years. He travelled to the Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games as part of the management and delivery team. Brian’s proudest moment, by far, was being chosen to serve as the Chef de Mission for Team Wales at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is now the Sport Wales representative on the CGW Board.

Clare Hoskin – Legal Advisor

Clare is a Partner at Dolmans Solicitors and provides the Board with Legal Advice. Dolmans have a strong law team and have, for many years been very proud to provide legal support to the Board – through Melbourne, Delhi, Glasgow and now Gold Coast.  Clare describes her role as real privilege to be part of the professional team that delivers Team Wales to the Games. Clare is a Welsh Triathlon and Duathlon champion and Welsh cross country running representative and has competed in the in two World Triathlon Championships from back in the 1990s. Unfortunately Clare missed out to racing in the Commonwealth Games, as Triathlon was not an event included in the Games when she was competing. In her spare time she spends much of her free weekends taking part in cyclo-cross racing with her husband and 9-year-old daughter.

Francesca Jones – Athlete Representative

Francesca Jones is a retired Welsh Rhythmic Gymnast who has had a very successful career in sport. She has competed for Wales at three Commonwealth Games, where she won a Gold Medal in Glasgow 2014 and five other Silver Medals. As well as this, she has also competed for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics. Francesca is currently coaching Welsh Gymnastics and studying Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage at the Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is really enjoying her time coaching and says that is a privilege to work with such incredible children and learn more about coaching as they learn more about gymnastics, working together to all become the best we can be.