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Resignation of Jonathon Browning

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Dear Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd,

I have read about the resignation of Jonathon Browning a member of your board due to a lack of transparency.

Please could you provide me with all emails and documents relating to Mr Browning's resignation - including any responses form your media department, your CEO, legal department. board etc.

Please could you provide me with any documents (including emails) Mr Browning may have sent to your organisation, (including but not limited to your CEO, Legal Department, Board, contracts approvals committee) which relate to his frustration at the lack of transparency and the failure to encourage challenge by the directors or to acknowledge the magnitude of risks ahead of the Games in these especially uncertain and volatile times"

Please could you provide me with any responses you have sent to Mr Browning about his frustration at the lack of transparency and failure to encourage challenge.
If there are any other organisations to whom I should apply for this information in addition to yourselves please do let me know.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Richards

Freedom of Information, Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd

Dear Mr Richards

With reference to your email of 14th October 2020, where you requested information about The Organising Committee for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ (“the “OC”) Resignation of Jonathan Browning, I just wanted to inform you that the response is currently undergoing internal sign off and it will be with no later than 20th November 2020.

Kind regards

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Freedom of Information, Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games Ltd

Dear Mr Richards,
 
With reference to your email of 14^th October 2020, where you requested
information about Mr Browning’s resignation from the Organising Committee
for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ (“the “OC”), I can advise that
the OC does not hold most of the information that you are seeking.
 
 

 1. Please could you provide me with all emails and documents relating to
Mr Browning's resignation - including any responses from your media
department, your CEO, legal department. board etc.

 
Response: Mr Browning was appointed to the OB Board under the public
appointments process undertaken by the Department of Digital, Media,
Culture and Sport (“DCMS”). As a result, any formal correspondence
regarding Mr Browning’s resignation would have been sent to DCMS. Mr
Browning also informed the OC of his resignation and therefore the OC
holds two communications which are of formal informative nature only.  The
information included in these communications is , in the OC's views,
subject to exemption from disclosure under Section 40 of the FOI Act
(Personal Data). This is because such information has not been shared
directly with members of the public via Mr Browning. In the 
circumstances  the OC has concluded that disclosing information of any
nature without the appropriate data protection legal basis would be in
breach of the data protection legislation. 
 
At the time of Mr Browning’s resignation, the OC’s Media Department shared
the following statement regarding Mr Browning’s resignation:-
 
John Crabtree, Chairman of Birmingham 2022, said:
 
“I'd like to thank Jonathan for his contribution to the Birmingham 2022
board over the past two years.  Despite the uncertain times we are all
facing amidst the global pandemic, we remain resolute in our commitment to
keep the Birmingham 2022 Games on track. We are on schedule and on budget
and are already beginning to deliver significant benefits for the people
of Birmingham and the West Midlands."
 

 2. Please could you provide me with any documents (including emails) Mr
Browning may have sent to your organisation, (including but not
limited to your CEO, Legal Department, Board, contracts approvals
committee) which relate to  his frustration at the lack of
transparency and the failure to encourage challenge by the directors
or to acknowledge the magnitude of risks ahead of the Games in these
especially uncertain and volatile times".

 
Response: The OC does not hold any documentation or information concerning
Mr Browning's frustration other than the same statement that was shared
with members of the public by Mr Browning: (his “frustration at the lack
of transparency and the failure to encourage challenge by the directors or
to acknowledge the magnitude of risks ahead of the Games in these
especially uncertain and volatile times”). 
 

 3. Please could you provide me with any responses you have sent to Mr
Browning about his frustration at the lack of transparency and failure
to encourage challenge.

 
Response: The OC does not hold information of this nature other than a
copy of Mr. Browning's resignation letter.
 
This request is now closed.
 
If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to: Emily Barling (Executive
Assistant to Chief Legal Officer), Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, One
Brindley Place, Birmingham, B1 2JB.
 
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.
 
Yours sincerely

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