Commonwealth Games Federation CEO to leave role


Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Chief Executive Officer David Grevemberg has announced he will be leaving his role on 5 March 2021.

Grevemberg served in the position since November 2014 following his tenure at the helm of the organising committee behind the successful Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games Australia Chief Executive Officer Craig Phillips has extended his thanks to Grevemberg for his service to the CGF and his support to the nations and territories that represent the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

“On behalf of Commonwealth Games Australia, I thank David for his service, work and dedication during his time with the Commonwealth Games Federation,” Phillips said.

“David has been a champion of and a pillar of support for all of the 72 nations and territories which are part of the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

“Through his efforts on Transformation 2022, David has laid the foundations for the Commonwealth Sport Movement to use sport as a vehicle to bring about positive change in communities throughout the Commonwealth.

“We wish David the best in the next stage of his career and know he will always be a valued member of the Commonwealth Sport Movement.”

During his time at the CGF, Grevemberg worked to help transform the CGF’s focus from quadrennial oversight of its major Games to a dynamic, strategic Movement focused on legacy, impact and community benefit.

In 2015, Grevemberg oversaw the development and launch of the organisation’s strategic plan, Transformation 2022, as well as its refresh in 2019, following extensive consultations across the CGF’s governance, management and global network of members and stakeholders.

This ambitious plan has informed and directed the priorities and activities of the Federation over a period of significant evolution, and Grevemberg has worked diligently to deliver on this vision.

As part of Transformation 2022, Grevemberg has passionately led on the recognition of the role of human rights in sport and tirelessly championed initiatives focused on social justice, impact, equality, diversity and inclusion.

Leading a dedicated team, Grevemberg successfully supported the Host Cities and Organising Committees of the Samoa 2015 and Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, and Australia’s 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The Federation will now begin the process of recruiting for a new CEO.

President of the CGF Dame Louise Martin thanked Grevemberg for his commitment to the Commonwealth Sport Movement and for his work in building the foundation for Transformation 2022.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank David for his work, energetic advocacy, and strong commitment to our Movement and leaving the Federation well positioned for Birmingham 2022,” Martin said.

“David is a visionary and energetic advocate of the power of sport and its ability to enhance and transform lives.”

Grevemberg is proud of the work his team has accomplished and believes the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a significant in the Commonwealth Sport Movement.

“I have had the privilege of working in the Commonwealth Sport Movement for over a decade; including six years as CEO of the Federation,” Grevemberg said.

“I am enormously proud of the work that we have achieved and continue to drive through our strategy, Transformation 2022, which has always been delivered in ambitious partnership with our team, our leadership and our passionate global network of members and Commonwealth athletes.

“Together we have transformed the vision, mission and impact of our Movement, and it has been an honour to play my small part in building peaceful, sustainable and prosperous communities across the Commonwealth through sport.

“The upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham are tracking positively and I am confident will be another milestone event for the movement.

“After much reflection, I feel that now is the right moment to pass the baton. This will give a successor time to support and experience next year’s Games in Birmingham and plan and oversee the next significant phase of the Federation’s history, post-Transformation 2022.”

Commonwealth Games Australia thanks David Grevemberg for his support during his time with the CGF and wishes him the best in the next stage of his career.



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