Dame Louise Martin DBE - Host City speaker

Dame Louise Martin DBE

Position: President, Commonwealth Games Federation

Louise Martin is President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, elected in September 2015 and the first female to hold this office in the history of the Commonwealth Sports Movement. She has a long and distinguished association with the Games as an Athlete, Team Manager, Administrator and, prior to her election as President, Honorary Secretary to the CGF Executive Board.  

She played a lead role in bringing the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, leading on the bid, then serving as Vice Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee. She has also served as Chair of sportscotland from 2008 to 2016; Commonwealth Games Scotland from 1999 until 2007; and, on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretary-General, chaired the Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport from 2008 - 2018. In 2018, Louise was awarded a Damehood in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Commonwealth Sport.