About Us

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We are one of 71 Commonwealth Games Associations who are members of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF). The CGF is the parent body for the Games, responsible for its direction and control and we fully support their mission to ‘unite the Commonwealth through sport’. Commonwealth Games Wales is one of only 6 countries to have competed in every single Games since its launch in 1930.

Commonwealth Games Wales aims to drive forward its plans to continue building on the record success in the Gold Coast, providing positive, inspiring and life-changing experiences going into the Commonwealth Youth Games 2021 and Birmingham 2022.


The Board

Helen Phillips, Chair of the Board

Helen Phillips MBE

- Non Executive Chair 

Helen has recently completed her first full cycle as Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales following her election…

Helen Phillips MBE

- Non Executive Chair 

Helen has recently completed her first full cycle as Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales following her election to Chair in 2013, a year before Glasgow Games and has led the organisation onto Wales’s most successful Games in Gold Coast 2018. Helen is efficacious business woman with a mighty reputation as a sports administrator having led transition in Welsh Gymnastics, British Gymnastics and Commonwealth Games Wales. Helen has played a part in evolution of many sporting bodies in a non-executive capacity. A prominent personality within the Commonwealth Games family, who is currently the only female Chair in European Commonwealth Games Federation.

Supporting the CEO and representing the membership is the primary function of the Chair, equally representing an outstanding skilled board allows Team Wales to continue to provide a world class environment for Team Wales athletes to perform.

The Chair & CEO have driven the change in CGW to be an everyday business, encompassing extensive commercial, community and enhanced communications activity.

The athlete-first attitude is primary to everyone’s thinking and having introduced athlete engagement at board level, Helen ensures that every decision at board has a clear line of sight to a positive impact to the athlete experience at the Youth and Commonwealth Games.

Jon Morgan Vice Chair

Jonathan Morgan OBE

- Vice Chair

Jon Morgan is a sports and leisure professional with over 30 years’ experience. He served as General Team Manager for…

Jonathan Morgan OBE

- Vice Chair

Jon Morgan is a sports and leisure professional with over 30 years’ experience. He served as General Team Manager for Team Wales at the Melbourne and Delhi Commonwealth Games and is currently serving his second term of office as Vice-Chair, CGW. From 2011-2016 Jon also served as a non-executive board member for the Welsh Sports Association.

In 2017, Jon stood down from the role of Chief Executive Officer, for Disability Sport Wales, a position he held since 2002. In the same year, he was made an OBE in the 2017 New Years’ Honours List for Services to Disability Sport in Wales. 

Craig Maxwell Commercial Director

Craig Maxwell

- Head of Group Sales and Marketing
Welsh Rugby Union & Principality Stadium

Craig started his career at the WRU in 2004 as Sponsorship…

Craig Maxwell

- Head of Group Sales and Marketing
Welsh Rugby Union & Principality Stadium

Craig started his career at the WRU in 2004 as Sponsorship Manager, in 2008 he moved to Global Sports Manufacturer for Under Armour to support their UK and Ireland launch as Head of Sports Marketing UK and Ireland.

He returned to the WRU in 2010 as Head of Group Sales and Marketing, responsible for managing the Group’s Marketing and Commercial affairs.

Craig is also a Director of the WRU Supporters Club Limited and the hugely successful joint venture with Compass Plc “Principality Stadium Experience” which manages all hospitality, conferencing and catering arrangements for the Principality Stadium. He also sits on the commercial committees of PRO14 and 6 Nations limited.

 He  joined the Commonwealth Games Board in 2014.

Dr Nicola Phillips Independant Director

Dr Nicola Phillips

- Independant Director

Nicola has worked extensively with both the Welsh and British teams at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games…

Dr Nicola Phillips

- Independant Director

Nicola has worked extensively with both the Welsh and British teams at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games for over 25 years. She has leadership experience both nationally and internationally, including roles as Chef de Mission for Team Wales in Gold Coast 2018 and President of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy 2011 – 2017. Nicola is a Professor of Physiotherapy at Cardiff University, and was awarded an OBE for services to physiotherapy in 2019.

Nicola in in her second cycle as a board member for Commonwealth Games Wales.

Claire Warnes Independant Director

Claire Warnes

- Independent Board Director

Claire was appointed to the CGW Board in June 2016 and then elected to the Board in October 2018. She is…

Claire Warnes

- Independent Board Director

Claire was appointed to the CGW Board in June 2016 and then elected to the Board in October 2018. She is a member of the Governance and Risk subcommittee and was a member of the Appeals panel during the selection process for Team Wales in 2018. She attended the Games in Gold Coast 2018 with Team Wales.

A former Welsh international 400m runner, Claire is a partner at KPMG where she focuses on working with clients to improve public services, particularly in education and health & care. She is a proactive sponsor and advocate of inclusive leadership and social mobility. 

Anne Ellis Obe President

Anne Ellis OBE

- President (Honorary position)

A familiar face in Welsh Sport, an inspirational athlete, coach and administrator. Anne’s vast exper…

Anne Ellis OBE

- President (Honorary position)

A familiar face in Welsh Sport, an inspirational athlete, coach and administrator. Anne’s vast experience includes being capped 138 consecutive times for Wales, 14 times for Great Britain and captained both Wales and Team GB Women’s Hockey team. Anne also went on to coach Wales and Great Britain and until recently was the President of Hockey Wales.

Accompanied by many sporting and professional accolades and investitures, Anne is known and respected world-wide. As a former teacher, Anne prides herself on developing the next generation of champions and coaches and giving those athletes the perfect platform to do their very best.

Other honorary roles previously held by Anne have included Director of Great Britain Olympic Hockey, Chair of the International Hockey Federation’s Development and Coaching Committee (the 1st Welsh woman to hold such a post), Chef de Mission for the Welsh Team, at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 and Chair of Team Wales selection panel 2014 and 2018.

Brian Davies Obe Sports Wales Representative

Brian Davies OBE 

- Sports Wales Representative

Brian has over 20 years’ experience of working with Government policy makers and both professional and…

Brian Davies OBE 

- Sports Wales Representative

Brian has over 20 years’ experience of working with Government policy makers and both professional and voluntary sports organisations and was appointed as Director of Elite Performance at Sport Wales in June of 2015.

He is responsible for developing and implementing the Lottery funded strategy for high performance sport in Wales and for overseeing all aspects of delivery of the Sport Wales Institute including alignment and partnership working with UKSport, the English Institute of Sport and other key organisations such as the Higher Education sector.

At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Brian was the Chef de Mission for Team Wales and has also held general manager roles at the 2006 and 2010 Games in Melbourne and Delhi respectively.

Brian is the Sport Wales representative on the Commonwealth Games Wales board.

Clare Hoskin Legal Advisor

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…

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 cycle-cross racing with her husband and daughter.

Wendy Barbour Finance Director

Wendy Barbour

- Finance Director

Having graduated from Strathclyde University with a degree in Technology and Business Studies, Wendy joined SSE as a…

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.

david phelps

David Phelps

David Phelps, one of Wales’ greatest shooters, retired from international competition after picking up his second Commonwealth Games gold…

David Phelps

David Phelps, one of Wales’ greatest shooters, retired from international competition after picking up his second Commonwealth Games gold medal in Gold Coast 2018.

David has represented Wales at  5 Commonwealth Games. Winning gold and bronze in Melbourne, 2006, and  12 years later another gold, on his 41st birthday at his final Games before retiring.

He was appointed to CGW board in late 2018 as the Athlete representative, taking over from Rhythmic gymnast, Frankie Jones.


The Staff

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

- CEO

Chris worked in the City of London as a Director at Rothschild’s for over 20 years before moving back to Wales and joining the…

Chris Jenkins

- CEO

Chris worked in the City of London as a Director at Rothschild’s for over 20 years before moving back to Wales and joining the Commonwealth Games in 2005.

Chris has had many roles within the organisation. At the 2010 Delhi Games and the 2008 + 2010 Youth Games, Chris was the Chef de Mission. He was elected to the Commonwealth Games Federation Board in 2011 as Regional Vice President for Europe, he has also served on the Commonwealth Games Federation Co-ordination Commission for Glasgow 2014 and is the chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation Co-ordination Commission for Birmingham 2022.

Chris was Commonwealth Games Wales first member of staff in 2006 and became the CEO in 2010. As well as this, he has competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Games in rowing in 1986.

Cathy Williams

Cathy Williams

- Head of Engagement

Cathy graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a BSc Honours degree in Sport Development and went on…

Cathy Williams

- Head of Engagement

Cathy graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a BSc Honours degree in Sport Development and went on to become a Personal Trainer and Physical Education Teacher before moving into Sport Broadcast Journalism. She has covered numerous International sporting events during her Broadcasting career, including the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014.

She joined Commonwealth Games Wales in 2016 as Games Manager, project managing the Commonwealth Youth Games, Bahamas 2017, Queens Baton Relay 2017 and the Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018.

Following the 2018 Games she was promoted to Head of Engagement, overseeing all media, external engagement and managing logistics and operation.