Top public servant announced for Commonwealth Games WMCA role

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has welcomed today’s announcement by Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Board, naming its second wave of non-executive director appointments.

These included Derrick Anderson CBE, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) nominee.

Derrick, who is currently a member of the University of Birmingham Council, brings extensive experience of delivering large scale capital programmes and projects in local authorities and beyond.

Top public servant announced for Commonwealth Games WMCA role

Derrick Anderson CBE, WMCA nominated non-executive director on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Board.

Andy Street said: “I am delighted to have secured Derrick’s services as our representative in this key role in the Games delivery – he will be a huge asset to the project and will help the combined authority ensure lasting benefits to the region from this major global event.”

Derrick has spent more than twenty-five years at top management level in local government and more than 30 years in the public sector, including as chief executive at both City of Wolverhampton and Lambeth Councils.

He was voted Public Leader of the Year in the Guardian Public Services Awards 2012, with a CBE following in 2003 for services to local government. 

He said: “It's a great honour to be nominated by the combined authority and asked to serve on the Games Organising Committee.

“The Commonwealth Games is one of the great spectacles in the world of sport and its successful delivery will do fantastic things for the West Midlands and the nation as a whole."

Derrick holds honorary degrees from Birmingham University and Staffordshire University and is a non-executive director of UK Municipal Bond Agency Plc, Social Finance Ltd and Social Value Portal Ltd and a trustee of the Wave Trust charity. 

He has a keen interest in sports and the arts and his outside interests include working with aid and development organisations in Southern Africa and the Caribbean. 

During many years of public service he has spoken both nationally and internationally at conferences and events on local government and community issues.

The Organising Committee Board comprises sports, civic and business experts and leaders representing Birmingham City Council, WMCA, the UK Government, Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games England. 

Members of the board will serve until 30 June 2023 following delivery of the Games.