|David Grevemberg- CEO, Glasgow 2014|
|Profile of the week|
Friday, 26 October 2012 09:18
David Grevemberg is responsible for overseeing the running of the Organising Committee (OC) to ensure that all aspects of Games planning are being delivered, on time and on budget, across all Functional Areas.
Among his responsibilities are the sports programmes, monitoring the development of new and improved infrastructure, managing the staff of the OC (which will rise to around 1000 people by Games time) and the 15,000 volunteers required for Games time. As Chief Executive he also has a significant role in the OC’s external relations with the media, political liaison, and commercial negotiations around Sponsorship and Broadcasting.
Prior to joining Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg’s role was the Executive Director of Sport and International Federation (IF) Relations at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where he also served as Sports Director from 1999 to 2007.
You have been in the role for over year now, how has the whole bid come along in that time?
We’ve made great progress over the last year. On the back of the huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, both interest and excitement around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has increased.
We recently hosted our third CGF Co Ordination Commission here in Glasgow, a visit which gave the Commonwealth Games Federation the opportunity to gauge our progress and the key findings from their review were very positive, commenting that Glasgow 2014 has the potential to be the best Commonwealth Games ever, and we hope to encourage future Commonwealth Games to use the Glasgow 2014 model as a blueprint for the delivery of their events.
Overall, I am pleased with our progress and confident in our ability to stage an outstanding Games in 2014. However, we will not be complacent and I’m aware of the hard work which lies ahead over the next two years.
How (if at all) has the current recession affected planning for the 2014 Games?
We are working in an age of austerity where every penny counts and the main message I have been getting across is that we need to put all our efforts into working smarter, we’re really trying to get the biggest bang for our buck.
How big an impact on tourism is the Glasgow 2014 Games likely to have?
We are in full support of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and VisitScotland’s endeavours in the promotion of Glasgow and Scotland as a tourism destination and we hope that hosting the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can only assist in this regard.
What will differentiate Glasgow from past Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games has a strong tradition of being the Friendly Games for athletes from all around the Commonwealth to enjoy. We are proud to continue that tradition but we’re confident of ensuring that Glasgow 2014 is a Games of which Glasgow, Scotland and the Commonwealth can be proud.
The Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission have recently spent four days reviewing the progress we have been making on our journey to the Games and they highlighted the fact that our venues are either complete or nearing completion, that the Athletes’ Village has the potential to be the best ever and also the strong working relationship between the Games Partners.
We’re not going to rest on our laurels though. We’re confident in our ability and focused on our vision to deliver a fantastic athlete centred and sport focused Games in Glasgow in just under two years’ time.
A lot of talk about the London 2012 Games was about legacy, what plans does Glasgow 2014 have to leave a lasting legacy?
As an Organising Committee we’re very focused on delivering an athlete centered and sport focused Games. However, we’re fully committed to working closely with our Games partners; Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland to ensure there is a meaningful lasting legacy that will stand the test of time. Glasgow 2014 can act as an inspiration for people of all ages to be more active and we’re committed to helping encourage wider participation in sport and physical activity in whatever way we can.
An example of this legacy will be seen before the Games actually start; the impressive Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will host world-class sporting competition during Glasgow 2014, has already opened its doors to the public and will host World Championship events before the Games in 2014.
How does the Commonwealth Games compare to other multi-sport events, like the Olympics, and how important is it for the "smaller" nations to perform well?
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was a fantastic festival of sport and was arguably the pinnacle of Great Britain’s golden sporting summer. The buzz and excitement around the London 2012 Olympics was incredible and the interest in Glasgow 2014 has increased on the back of that.
However, the Commonwealth Games is different from the Olympics and Paralympics. It is obviously smaller but it has these fantastic, distinctive elements that we can really capitalise on, such as the fact that home nations compete individually in their own right. Glasgow 2014 will give all 71 Commonwealth nations and territories the opportunity to compete for glory on a global stage.