Stocks appointed M2002 DirectorSubscribe
British Gymnastics 31 May 2001
MANCHESTER 2002 today announced the appointment of Brian Stocks as the new Director of Sport for the XVII Commonwealth Games.
Stocks joins the Games team from Birmingham City Council, where he is currently Head of International Sport and Major Projects. During his time in the post he has helped secure both the World Indoor Athletics 2003 and the World Badminton Championships 2003 for Birmingham.
He is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of Control of the British Gymnastics Association.
"I am delighted and privileged to be part of the Manchester 2002 team. This really is the most exciting job in this country for anyone who is passionate about sport. The sports programme is a very exciting one and the groundwork has been laid for a fantastic Games for both athletes and spectators. I cannot wait to be involved in the biggest multi-sport event this country has ever hosted," Stocks commented.
Frances Done, Chief Executive of Manchester 2002, added: "We are delighted that Brian is joining the team. He comes with an excellent reputation and his proven skills and abilities will enable him and the sports team to deliver the most important element of the Games - ten days of sporting excellence for everyone to enjoy."
MEANWHILE, MIKE Hales has been appointed Director of Communications for the Games.
Hales has been an executive in the BBC’s marketing and communications team working as publicity manager for BBC Sport Publicity since 1998. He will head the M2002 marketing, public relations and media teams and oversee the delivery of media services during the Games that run from 25 July to 4 August 2002.
"This is a unique opportunity to work on the largest multi-sport event ever hosted in the UK," said Hales. "Driving the change in the perception of BBC Sport was very enjoyable but this is a once-in-a-lifetime event for Manchester and Britain. I am looking forward to it immensely."