Games chief quits after gift policy breach

29 June 2011

29 June 2011 | Adam Leach

The chief executive of Glasgow 2014 has resigned after admitting he failed to declare a gift given to him by a supplier.

John Scott, who was head of the organising committee for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games – known as Glasgow 2014 – stepped down with immediate effect on Monday.

Glasgow 2014 has refused to reveal any details about the value of the gift or the supplier who gave it to Scott. Under the committee’s policy, all gifts of £100 and above must be declared.

A spokeswoman from the games’ organising committee confirmed that the gift was above this amount, but refused to give a precise figure. She simply said the present was “not insubstantial”, stressing that it had led Scott “to feel the need to resign as a result”.

Having not declared the gift at the time, Scott later brought it to the attention of the organising committee and offered his resignation.

In a statement, Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith said: “The board has accepted his resignation for an error of judgement he made in accepting and not declaring an offer from one of Glasgow 2014’s potential suppliers, in breach of the organising committee’s strict gifts and gratuities policy.

“I know he deeply regrets this mistake and this was a job that he loved. It is a measure of the man that he has put the values and reputation of the organising committee ahead of his own at this time.”

Until a permanent replacement is appointed, David Grevemberg, the committee’s chief operating officer, is the acting chief executive.

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