Mr John Crabtree OBE was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen to be her representative in the West Midlands with effect from 3rd January 2017. The Prime Minister has also appointed John as the Chair of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, a role he started on 2nd July 2018.
John has a wide variety of business, community and charitable interests, predominantly in the West Midlands. Until 2003, he was senior partner of Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG) – the leading Birmingham based international firm of solicitors. He is currently Chairman of Glenn Howells Architects, Real Estate Investors Plc, Staffline Group plc, White & Black Limited, Brandauer Holdings Limited and Finch Consulting Ltd. He is also director of Opus Restaurant & Bar, Tara Developments, SLR Management and Worcester Warriors.
He is also Chairman of the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel overseeing Birmingham City Council's implementation of the recommendations of the Kerslake review.