Lyndsey Jackson, Deputy Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Lyndsey joins the fourteen strong committee alongside Ellie Simmonds OBE and former special adviser to Theresa May, Nick Timothy.

Lyndsey is a senior arts administrator and live event producer and has been an integral part of the senior management team at the Fringe Society for the past five years.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, and the greatest platform for artists and creatives to develop and showcase their talents on an international stage.

Lyndsey supports the Fringe Society to deliver the Society’s vision, aims and objectives through motivational leadership and clear strategic direction. Lyndsey will bring extensive experience in business continuity, governance and strategic planning, digital innovation, ticketing and commercialisation, and the development of education and community engagement programmes to her role in the committee.

Lyndsey, who is originally from Birmingham, has a background in producing new writing and site-specific theatre and working with young people to develop their creative potential through drama and film.

Lyndsey said: “As a proud Brummie, I am delighted to be appointed to the Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in such a transformational event in my home city. Birmingham has a long history of sporting excellence and I’m excited to play a part in bringing the world’s best athletes to the city and discover the depth and breadth of the incredible opportunity the Games will offer to the city and its people, in 2022 and beyond”

Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “On behalf of all us at the Fringe Society I would like to congratulate Lyndsey on this incredible opportunity to shape one of the worlds’ greatest sporting events. Lyndsey is an excellent choice and works tirelessly to deliver the varied functions and services of the Fringe, the world’s greatest platform for freedom of expression. This is fantastic news for Lyndsey, the Fringe and for Edinburgh.”