Global appointments put Wales on the world sporting stage

The Chair and CEO of Commonwealth Games Wales, the national body responsible for selecting and sending elite athletes to compete for Wales at the Commonwealth Games, have been appointed to two key roles with the Commonwealth Games Federation.


Helen Phillips, MBE has been elected onto the Commonwealth Games Sports Committee and Chris Jenkins, CEO for Commonwealth Games Wales has been elected as Vice President for Commonwealth Games Federation.


The appointments were announced at the 2019 Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Rwanda on September 5th, where representatives from all Commonwealth Nations came together to discuss Commonwealth Sport and elect its new Executive Board and Committees.


The General Assembly saw the approval of a refreshed Transformation 2022 strategy and the continued evolution of the CGF’s Governance and Regulations. Read more here:

Deliberations took place to further evolve the Commonwealth Games Sports Programme while the new CGF Brand and Logo was formally showcased for the very first time.


Known as the ‘friendly games’, the Commonwealth Games is the only international multi-sports event that integrates para athletes and able bodies athletes over 11 days.


Alongside 71 Commonwealth Games Associations, Wales is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation and is one of only six nations to have competed at every Commonwealth Games, previously known as the Empire Games, since 1930.


Many sporting figures in Wales welcomed the appointments, which firmly place Wales as a key nation on the world sporting map.


Helen Phillips MBE said:

“I’m delighted to be elected to the Commonwealth Games Federation Sport Committee. The sports program is critical to the success of the games and must continue to be developed and remain relevant in order to attract the very best athletes. The most important part of my role as Chair is to ensure that athletes and sports are recognised and represented and there is no better forum to do this’’


Chris Jenkins said:

“It’s an honour to be elected as Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Having represented Europe on the CGF Board for 8 years I am looking forward to a new challenge, working with and representing every Commonwealth nation and territory.

The values of the Commonwealth Games are more visible and relevant than ever in today’s society, bringing together a third of the world’s population; citizens of the Commonwealth.

Sport and Commonwealth values have the power to change lives, change our perceptions and inspire the young.”