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The WABChats Podcast – Sir John Crabtree – Lessons from Organising the Commonwealth Games

Organising the Commonwealth Games with Sir John Crabtree.

As lawyers and businesspeople, we believe there are experiences, lessons and ideas, applicable to the business world, to be found in many different environments. In WABChats we’ll be chatting with friends of White & Black, be they contacts, clients or advisors – tapping into their business experiences, lessons and ideas and hopefully learning from them ourselves.

In Episode one we chat to Sir John Crabtree about organising the 2022 Commonwealth Games – Covering the impact of Covid on organisation, how to ensure the bigger picture is kept front and centre and the importance of a sense of humour in the board room!



Sir John Crabtree talks to us about organising the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. The impact of Covid, ensuring the bigger picture is kept front and centre and the importance of a sense of humour in the board room. Sir John is a former President of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry and was appointed Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the West Midlands in January 2017.

John Chaired the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games for which he was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to Sport and to the community in the West Midlands. In 2014 Government Secretary Eric Pickles named John as Chairman of the Birmingham Improvement Panel, charged with supporting the council as it pursues vital reforms.


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John’s career as a Lawyer began in 1971 when he joined Wragge & Co, where he remained until 2003, rising through the ranks as Head of Corporate, then Managing Partner and finally Senior Partner. He was voted UK Lawyer of the Year by Legal Business in 2003.

John has many community and charitable interests and is Chairman of the national charity for deafblind people, Sense and Special Advisor to the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Board of Trustees. In business, his many interests outside the law include being Chairman of Staffline Group plc, SLR Management Limited and Real Estate Investors Plc. He was previously Chairman of Claimar Care Group plc (2006-2009) and Metalrax Group plc (2003-2010).


Disclaimer: This article is produced for and on behalf of White & Black Limited, which is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with registered number 06436665. It is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The contents of this article should be viewed as opinion and general guidance, and should not be treated as legal advice.

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