Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games update

 

New Council Programme Director for Games is named

 

A new Programme Director has been appointed by Birmingham City Council to head-up the local authority’s involvement in the planning, preparation and delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Craig Cooper comes to Birmingham to support the council’s work on the Games with a strong track record in executive leadership, delivering high impact change and transformation strategies for public and private sector organisations on major projects with multi-stakeholder involvement.

He joins the city council from Sopra Steria, a European leader in consulting, digital services and software development.

Prior to that Craig has worked in a range of roles including as a Transformation Director and a Delivery Director for Capita, bringing a wealth of local government experience during his time as Commercial Director at the London Borough of Barnet. Craig has also served in the British Army.

Commenting on his appointment, Craig said: “Birmingham 2022 is set to be the biggest event in the city’s history and has the long-term potential to dramatically improve the quality of life for residents, improve prospects for businesses and reposition the city on the global stage.

“A lot of great work has been done over the last three years to get the city Games-ready, but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done, especially as we move into the next phase of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

And it is crucial those preparations put in place the building blocks to secure the legacy we can undoubtedly secure from being the Proud Host City. I am excited by the challenge and look forward to getting to work on the council’s role in delivering the Games.”

Craig is set to start work with the city council on May 11.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council added: “In securing Craig’s services we have found someone with a first-rate record on project leadership.

“The staging of the Commonwealth Games and the delivery of the legacy for the people of Birmingham is a complicated challenge, but I am sure he will rise to the challenge, building on the solid platform already in place.

“His wealth of knowledge and expertise from across the public and private sectors brings us a level of insight that will enhance everything we do on the road to Birmingham 2022 and beyond.”

 

 

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New update from Birmingham Airport

Community Article                                                                                                                                         20/04/2020

Our neighbours will have no doubt noticed the “unprecedented” reduction in air traffic. At the time of writing this, we have very little passenger traffic. Currently, KLM are operating 3 times a weekly service to Amsterdam, Ryanair 4 times a week to Dublin and Pakistan International Airways 3 times a week to Islamabad. These are classified as repatriation flights and are being handled in line with Government guidelines.

So, with the airspace around the Airport being so quiet, the Airport has decided to support a number of ad-hoc movements, including that by the Royal Air Force (RAF). Local residents may have noticed the C-17 Globemaster from RAF Brize Norton undertaking visual training circuits, and also a number of Hawk (fast jet operations), also doing training operations. During this pandemic essential training for RAF crews needs to continue for us to be able to fulfil UK defence needs. With the reduction in civil traffic major UK airports are now easier for the RAF to use and provide useful training in unfamiliar airspace. This is what has been seen at Birmingham. The training is also very useful for our own Air Traffic Control as it supports our ability for Air Traffic Controllers to train and maintain their operating licences.

We are also supporting the Nightingale Hospital with any helicopter movements that may be required and some cargo services carrying essential medical and agriculture supplies.

Beyond aircraft operations, the Airport has also been supporting the Coroner to provide land and a hangar for a temporary mortuary. And for our employees who are not working due to the Job Protection Scheme we have been working with the NHS and West Midlands Police to promote and fill any support roles which they require.

On behalf of Birmingham Airport Limited we hope you and your families are all keeping safe and well during these unprecedented times and we will work to keep your community representatives informed of any operational changes.

Kirstin McCarthy

Head of Sustainability

 

 

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