Our Team

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.

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Nathan McKenzie
Head of Public Affairs and Engagement
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Senior Public Affairs Officer
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Rory Evans
Programme Lead
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Coral Fleming
Programme Officer: Youth, Education and Inclusion
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Rajitha Niranjan
Finance Officer
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Nathan McKenzie

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.

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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. 

 

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Rory Evans

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.

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Coral Fleming

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. 

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Rajitha Niranjan

Rajitha Niranjan works in finance. She obtained BA (Hons) in Business Management and has more than 18 years of working experience in finance. She is very passionate about accounting.  

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