Paul Blanchard has today announced that he will step down as Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England, having overseen Team England’s most successful Games to date at Birmingham 2022. 

With 30 years’ experience in the sports industry, including seven dedicated to Commonwealth Games England, Blanchard will remain in post until a successor has been appointed.

Paul Blanchard comments: “I advised the Commonwealth Games England Board some time ago that I did not intend to lead the team in the next cycle, and this seems the perfect time to stand aside after seven very enjoyable years with the organisation. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which I have been involved in from the first day of its planning, has been a huge success and the team returned its best ever medal haul. That success was achieved because of the brilliant work and dedication of the CGE staff with the invaluable support of a many fantastic volunteers. I thank everyone for their involvement and wish the organisation all the best for Victoria 2026.” 

Ian Metcalfe, Chair of Commonwealth Games England, adds: “We thank Paul for his outstanding leadership of Commonwealth Games England, and for his unrelenting dedication in helping Team England to achieve its most successful Games in their 92-year history. On a personal note, I would like to thank Paul for his unwavering support, advice, and good humour.

“We know Paul’s future will continue to be bright, and we wish him the very best of luck. We are now looking to fill the position of Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games and my successor John Steele, who is leading the search, will provide an update in due course.” 

As well as working with Commonwealth Games England, Blanchard’s career has included spells with the University of Surrey, Harlequins Rugby League, Surrey CCC at The Oval, Southampton Football Club, the Scottish Premier League, NFL Europe and more. He has also served on the Advisory Board of British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and was Chair of The County Sports Partnership, Active Surrey.