Ben Nichols said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the Commonwealth Games Federation at what is a hugely significant time for the movement, with the forthcoming Gold Coast Games and the process of securing a host for 2022. I’ve long been a passionate advocate of the Commonwealth cause, and believe now is the ideal moment to help raise the profile of the CGF, and showcase sport as a force for good amongst the 2.4 billion citizens and athletes across the Commonwealth.”
Based in the CGF’s headquarters in London, and reporting to CEO David Grevemberg, the role works across the CGF and its new Group entities. In addition to being the lead media contact for the Federation through the next edition of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year, the role will also lead the communications and public affairs strategy for CGF Partnerships, a new joint venture with Lagardère Sports that supports the development and delivery of the Commonwealth Games and its commercial programme; and the Commonwealth Sports Foundation, a UK-based charity that aims to fund programmes and projects that contribute to the sustainable development of sport throughout the Commonwealth.
Nichols has spent the last four years working in the Montreal-based WADA headquarters, returning home to London earlier this year to set up the communications function of the newly-created Athletics Integrity Unit. At WADA, he oversaw all media relations and played a key role during the unveiling of the independent Pound Report and throughout the ongoing process to reform the global drugs testing system.
Nichols’ international career has spanned Britain, the United States, UAE and Canada. He previously held roles at the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Dubai Tennis Championships, and the Lotus Renault GP Formula One team. Nichols takes up the new role on Monday 6 November.