Ahead of the 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games in Trinidad and Tobago, Commonwealth Games England have today announced Francesca Carter-Kelly as the Chef de Mission.

Francesca comes into the role after a successful summer acting as the Deputy Chef de Mission for Sport and Athletes at Birmingham 2022 and currently serves as Commonwealth Games England’s Director of Sport and Performance, working closely with National Governing Bodies to ensure the team and athletes are best supported in the lead up to and at the Games. 

Alongside her wealth of experience in her current role, Francesca was the Chef de Mission for Team Great Britain at the Winter World University Games in Russia in 2019, and oversaw the development and delivery of Team England’s preparation camp for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

The announcement of the 2023 Trinidad and Tobago Youth Games last week comes after the initial decision for them to host the 2021 Commonwealth Games which was postponed due to the pandemic.

Francesca Carter-Kelly commented: ‘I know we will have some very inspired English athletes after this summer’s Commonwealth Games success in Birmingham, and I am looking forward to watching our talented young athletes compete next summer’.

John Steele OBE, Chair of Commonwealth Games England, said: “We are thrilled to have Francesca as Chef De Mission for the upcoming Youth Games. We are all looking forward to showcasing in Trinidad and Tobago the young, exciting talent that England has to offer. This talent will now be accompanied by Francesca’s experience and leadership working with athletes in a Games environment, so I have no doubt this will be a successful Games for Team England.