Based in central London, The Royal Commonwealth Society's central staff team is in regular contact with our Regional Co-ordinators and Branch Representatives across the Commonwealth. Staff contact and office location details can be found on the Contact page.
See International Network for information about RCS Branches and Regional Co-ordinators.
Dr Greg Munro
Appointed Chief Executive of the RCS on 1 June 2018, Greg Munro has broad Commonwealth experience as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) where he continues in his role of Secretary-General. Formerly Associate Director at the International HIV AIDS Alliance he has extensive knowledge of international developmental issues. Greg held earlier roles with UNAIDS and the World Bank.
Helen Jones MBE
Helen has many years of experience in youth development and education programmes. During her time with the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) she has developed youth fora such as the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and youth leadership and fellowship programmes.
Having supported the highest levels of the Australian Government for 12 years, Nathan brings a significant track record of event, public affairs and project delivery to the Society. His Australian and international networks, and extensive relationship and stakeholder-management experience contribute to the Society’s pan-Commonwealth outreach activities.
Emma is executive assistant, a role she combines with managing the office. She has previously worked in the peace-building sector and studied International Law. Whilst studying Emma volunteered as a Refugee and Asylum Seeker Caseworker for the British Red Cross, as well as setting up a small project which worked to empower young people in the areas of globalisation, human rights and climate change.
Rory is Programme Lead for the Equality & Justice Alliance programme, supporting Commonwealth governments, civil society leaders and Champions to reform laws that discriminate against woman and girls and LGBT people. He previously worked for the UN Development Programme in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Elizabeth van der Valk
Elizabeth (Libby) works as part of the Public Affairs team. She joined the Society in 2015 after completing an MA in Diplomacy from the University of Nottingham. Libby has several years' experience in public affairs and events management and is responsible for the delivery of the Society's ceremonial and international activities including the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey and the High Commissioners' Banquet.
Coral works as part of the Youth & Education team to deliver inclusive and accessible education programmes across the Commonwealth, including managing The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. With several years’ experience of youth programmes both in the UK and overseas, she is passionate about empowering young people to participate in global discussions and enact change in their own communities.
Casandra works on anti-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Commonwealth, particularly around convening and building the capacity of civil society to engage with law-makers and other stakeholders. Before joining The Royal Commonwealth Society, she completed a Master’s in international political economy, with a focus on energy conflicts in the Middle East.
Benjamin Hodge is a graduate in Global Politics and International Relations. He has a keen interest in history and anthropology, long distance adventure and trekking and is currently working in operations at The Royal Commonwealth Society.