A KILMACOLM dad is the man who has been picked to run one of one of the world's biggest sporting events.

Ian Reid will lead a team of up to 50,000 people as the chief executive of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee.

The 41-year-old dad-of-three says he is delighted to have landed such a prestigious post.

He said: "It’s an absolute honour to have been selected to lead the team.

“Over the past eight months it’s been obvious to me that people from across Birmingham and the West Midlands are excited about the fantastic opportunities that hosting the Games provides.

"I’m determined that we will deliver an event that the city, the region and the whole country can be proud of and I’m committed to continuing to work closely with all of our partners to achieve this aim.”

Ian began his career as a chartered accountant before he took on the role as the chief financial officer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games/.

He worked on that edition of the event for more than six years.

Ian said: "I have been through it before which is helpful as you get a sense of what we should be worried about and what will sort itself out.

"There's a lot of good experience especially after the London Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow so we have built on that."

Following the 2014 Games he was appointed to lead the a senior role at AG Barr plc.

Other previous roles have included working as Glasgow Housing Association’s chief financial planner.

Ian is now based in Birmingham during the week but travels back to Kilmacolm every weekend to see his wife Gillian and his three children, Sebastian, 12, James, nine, and one-year-old Charlotte.

He added: "I'm incredibly proud.

"Birmingham is a great city and there has been a lot of investment in rail links and there's a huge amount of residential and office development.

"There's a huge enthusiasm for it.

"It will be an incredible event and there's a huge amount of opportunities for everyone to get involved."