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.
Consultant and former Director
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Youth Affairs and Education Programmes
Head of Marketing
Head of Public Affairs
Public Affairs Officer
Research and Policy Officer
Media and Communications Officer
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.
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.
Michael Lake CBE
As outgoing director, I am pleased to be able to support the collaboration between The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum over the next few months. The Commonwealth Hub is a great concept and I have no doubt that under Greg's leadership and with the outstanding team we have, both organisations will flourish and it will be a great force for good in the Commonwealth.
As Chief Operating Officer, Annette draws together the activities of a dynamic team to ensure that the Society plays a crucial role in upholding the core values of the Commonwealth. Cambridge educated, with a doctorate from Tübingen University, Germany, Annette practised as a barrister in property and commercial law for 18 years. She decided to change career in order to pursue her passion for international relations.
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. Helen is Director of the Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme (CTEP).
With extensive marketing and business development experience, gained in both the charity and private sectors, Hilary managed the RCS' 2013 transition. Working with the team to define the new RCS proposition, she managed the implementation of the Society’s web-based systems and marketing strategy. Hilary launched the RCS' magazine, Commonwealth Voices and continues as its editor and to lead on the Society's marketing activity.
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.
Elizabeth van der Valk
Elizabeth joined the RCS team in January 2015 as a Programmes Officer following three months volunteering with the organisation. She assists with the Society’s flagship event, the Commonwealth Service, and with international and youth programmes.
As Research and Policy Officer, Rory supports the development of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s policy agenda for the promotion of human rights, democracy and shared understanding throughout the Commonwealth. He has previous experience working for the UN Development Programme and has interned with the Chatham House Africa Programme and the food security NGO Farm Africa.
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 working in youth volunteering 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.
Mark joined in January 2018 and works to raise awareness of the Society’s work through both digital and traditional media channels. He brings marketing and communications experience from the charity sector, along with a keen interest in global political economy and international trade agreements.
As a Programmes Officer in the Youth and Education team, Debbie focusses on empowering youth across the Commonwealth through the creation of international networks and development opportunities. She joined The Royal Commonwealth Society after working for international development organisations in the UK and Lesotho where she focused on education, gender and youth.