2014 Commonwealth Games chief awarded Honorary Degree

25 November 2014

David Grevemberg receives his Honorary Degree

David Grevemberg receives his Honorary Degree

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, was today (November 25) awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cultural and sporting fabric of Scotland, through his leadership role with the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

In his role as Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David was responsible for overseeing the running of the Organising Committee (OC) of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, ensuring that all aspects of planning were delivered on time and on budget.

The Honorary Degree was awarded as part of the graduation ceremony for students from the University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment and the Glasgow School for Business and Society.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE conferred the degrees during the first of three ceremonies, which are being held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on November 25 and 26.

Vice Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Business, Innovation and Enterprise Lesley Sawers praised David’s “vision, tenacity and focus” in delivering the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

David said: “It is a great privilege and pleasure to be here today. This is a place where people don’t just contextualise; they put their words, thoughts and dreams into action. The real challenge now for each of us is how to use this success to push us even further.”

Among his responsibilities were the sports programmes, monitoring the development of new and improved infrastructure, managing the staff of the OC (which rose to more than 1400 people by Games time) and the 15,000 volunteers throughout the 17 days of sport.

Prior to joining the OC, David’s role was 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.