Commonwealth Games Wales announce new Board members

Commonwealth Games Wales have announced new Non-Executive Directors ahead of the Victoria 2026 cycle

The election follows a successful Birmingham 2022 Games, with 201 athletes representing Team Wales across 15 sports at the 22nd Games.

Director of Rugby World Cup Gareth Davies has been appointed as Chair of the organisation and outgoing Chair Helen Phillips MBE has been appointed as President for CGW.

The six new Board members include former Wales captain and GB hockey international Leah Wilkinson, who won an impressive 183 international caps for Wales, making her the most capped sportsperson in Welsh history. Leah, who will be the new Athlete Non-Executive Director, has competed in four Commonwealth Games and retired earlier this year following her final Games in Birmingham 2022 last summer.

Tim Naylor and Zoe Davies will join as Independent Non-Executive Director’s (NED) with Fiona Reid, Iwan Morgan, and Rhys Williams joining as elected NED’s.

Tim Naylor is an experienced Barrister with extensive sport governance experience, whilst Zoe Davies is the Head of Safety, Security and Resilience at the BBC in London, with experience in developing sustainable and business friendly management systems.

Rhys Williams, former international rugby player and current WRU Business Development Manager will join the Board as elected NED’s alongside Disability Sport Wales CEO Fiona Reid, and Chartered Engineer Iwan Morgan, who is the Managing Director of Energy Portfolio Management and Director of Dogger Wind Farm.

New CGW President Helen Phillips MBE added ‘The process for selecting the new Board members has been very thorough. The calibre and interest we had in the positions has been overwhelming, and I am confident with Gareth experience and leadership, and the diverse skillsets around the table the future of CGW is in very safe hands’. We must take the opportunity to thank Anne Ellis OBE, Jon Morgan OBE, Professor Nicola Phillips OBE and Craig Maxwell for their significant contribution to Commonwealth Games Wales, such generous time, knowledge and passion has been given to our organisation and their contributions have created solid foundations that can be further built upon.