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