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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.