Media Release

Commonwealth Sport Foundation makes key appointments

The Commonwealth Sport Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, has made three key appointments to help support its mission to help address some of the world's greatest challenges.

Vicky Lowe will become the Interim Director of the Foundation through to the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Vicky takes up the post as a secondment from her current position at leading sports-based charity, Laureus Sport for Good, where she is Global Development Director. 

She brings significant charity and corporate experience to the role having held key positions at Barclays, Saracens Sports Foundation and is a current Board member for UK based sport for development charity The Change Foundation. 

The Foundation has also recruited a new Head of Safeguarding with Claudia Villa-Hughes to take up the post. 

Claudia will join the Foundation from children’s charity Barnardo's, where she held a number of roles that included a specific focus on serious safeguarding incidents, hidden harm, child abuse and exploitation.

Claudia previously held roles at the International Organisation for Migration/UN Migration Agency, Learning Links and the British Red Cross, while the new Head of Safeguarding position will be fully funded by Oak Foundation. 

In addition to the Management Team appointments, the Foundation has confirmed Gurpreet Bhatia as a new Trustee. 

Gurpreet is a nominee of the Birmingham 2022 Chair John Crabtree and will ensure that the Foundation’s work alongside and in support of the Games host city is fully maximised. A solicitor and Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, he will join the Foundation’s Board of Trustees led by Chair Christian Brodie and Vice Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The Board also includes CGF President Dame Louise Martin, Vice President Chris Jenkins, who leads the CGF Development Committee, and Dr Jeya Wilson.

Vicky, Claudia and Gurpreet will be taking up their positions this month.  

Commonwealth Sport Foundation Chair Christian Brodie said: “I am delighted that the Foundation has recruited three outstanding individuals in Vicky, Claudia and Gurpreet to help drive our work forward.

We are grateful to Laureus Sport for Good for allowing Vicky to join us because her skills and experience will be vital in shaping our future direction and helping us to achieve our ambition.

Claudia is one of the leading experts across safeguarding and we are fortunate to have her spearheading this important area of work for us as we continue to enhance and grow the Foundation.

Gurpreet will be a fantastic addition to the Board of Trustees and play a key role in helping us ensure we maximise on our partnership with Birmingham 2022 in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games next year.” 

Vicky Lowe said: “I am delighted to be taking on the Interim Executive Director position for the Foundation.

The opportunity for the Commonwealth Sport Movement to use the power of sport to change lives and communities is an exciting one to be a part of, and I am looking forward to making a positive impact to support the work of the Foundation.”

Claudia Villa-Hughes said: “I am looking forward to taking up the Head of Safeguarding role and to making a meaningful contribution to the vision and mission of the Foundation.

I look forward to working closely with the Foundation and the wider team at the CGF to make a significant impact across such an important area.”

Gurpreet Bhatia said: “I am honoured to join the Commonwealth Sport Foundation Board of Trustees and look forward to engaging with communities to share the vision and priorities of the Foundation.

As the nominee of the Birmingham 2022 Chair, I hope to further strengthen the relationship between the Foundation and the Organising Committee to ensure a successful partnership in the lead up to the Games.” 

About the CSF

As progressive leaders in sport and social development, the Commonwealth Sport Movement continually strives to demonstrate the power of sport; to unlock our human potential and transform lives. Founded as the charitable foundation of the Commonwealth Sport Movement, the Commonwealth Sport Foundation will look to help address some of the world's greatest challenges: Youth Empowerment, Equal Rights, Historical Injustice, Small States and Island States and Sustainable Cities and Communities. 

More details around the Foundation can be found at:  

About Oak Foundation 

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Through its grant-making, Oak supports others to make the world a safer, fairer, and more sustainable place to live. With offices in Europe, India, and North America, Oak makes grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
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