Commonwealth Games England has welcomed two new Board Members, Sharjeel Suleman and David Ellis, who join the Board ahead of the Victoria 2026 cycle.

Sharjeel Suleman joins the Board as chair of Commonwealth Games England’s Audit and Finance Committee, bringing expertise in financial management as well as a deep understanding of the creative and broadcast sectors. During his 17-year stint at ITV, he has been the Director of Group Finance, as well as Director of Investor Relations for the organisation. Currently, he is Chief Financial Officer for ITV Studios; the global production and distribution division of ITV with 60 production companies in 13 countries.

Sharjeel Suleman says, “I'm excited and honoured to be joining the Board of Commonwealth Games England. Especially as sport, like media and entertainment, is entirely based on people and their passion to succeed at the very highest level.  

“It is an exciting time to be joining and I look forward to working with the Board to ensure that we continue the successes of Team England.”

David Ellis will join the Board as Chair of the Commercial and Communications Committee.

After an early career in technology, David served as Group Business Development and Marketing Director Catalyst Housing Group, a social housing trust spanning London and the Southeast. He then joined Premiership Rugby Club, Harlequins, in 2011 as Chief Executive where he served for almost 9 years. Currently he is Chief Executive and founder of Maikai Group, an impact agency focussed on enabling business and sports brands to deliver meaningful change and results against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

David Ellis adds, “It’s an honour to take up this role with Commonwealth Games England, especially with the platform that such a successful Birmingham 2022 has given us. I am looking forward to working with the very talented team here, particularly as we move into this next exciting and important phase for the Games.”

John Steele OBE, Chair of Commonwealth Games England, adds: “It’s a privilege to welcome Sharjeel and David to the Board of Commonwealth Games England. Their shared knowledge and experience will help continue to propel Commonwealth Games England forward, following its most successful Games to date this summer at an incredibly exciting time heading into the Victoria 2026 cycle with the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Games in 2023.”

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