Dr Linda Yueh

Executive Chair

Dr Linda Yueh is an economist at Oxford University, London Business School and LSE IDEAS. She is also a widely published author. 

Paul Green

Paul has over 25 years experience within the profit and not for profit sector, advising organisations on financial and operational issues relating to growth and organisational effectiveness. Previous roles include Treasurer at Malaria no More, Director of Global Finance at VSO along with various positions with the media and marketing sector.


Nathan McKenzie 
Head of Public Affairs
M: +44 (0)7718 476 233

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 
Senior Public Affairs Officer
M: +44 (0)7718 476 236

Elizabeth (Libby) joined the Society in 2015 after completing an MA in Diplomacy. She 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. Libby is also responsible for coordinating the Society's publications including Commonwealth Voices. 

Lindsey Nkem 
Programme Officer 
+44 (0)7912 892 318

Lindsey is the programme officer overseeing The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition and supporting the co-ordination of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN). She also coordinates the Society's international network of Branches and Associate Fellows. With a background in inclusive development and sociology and years of experience in advocacy and project co-ordination, Lindsey is passionate about bringing people together and facilitating opportunities for young people to engage with their communities through literature and social justice activities.

Olaoluwa (Ola) Abagun
Co-ordinator, Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network

Ola is the Co-ordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN), of which the Royal Commonwealth Society is secretariat, and an Associate Fellow of the Society. She is also a lawyer and founder of Girl Pride Circle - a girls' rights advocacy NGO in Nigeria.


Douglas Tweddle CBE 

Doug Tweddle was the Director of HMRC responsible for customs and international relationships. Since his retirement, he has been an advisor to Governments on customs issues in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas.


Bryan Cassidy

Bryan spent over 30 years in the financial services industry in a variety of senior operation roles. His last position prior to retirement was Chief Operating Officer at C Hoare & Co.


Sarah Haidry

Sarah was previously the Company Secretary and Royal Liaison for The Prince’s Trust Group, a founding Trustee of Prince’s Trust International and member of the Council of the National Trust.


Renée Horton-Coker

Renée has over 25 years’ experience as a systems integration consultant specialising in Programme and Project Management.  In 1999  Renée  co-founded SLWT a UK based charity promoting education, health and self-sufficiency of children and youth in Sierra Leone. Most recently she co-founded a foundation called LEADA - providing leadership coaching and skills in Sierra Leone and Liberia. 


David Stead

David has expertise in strategic philanthropy, social and impact investment, as well as corporate responsibility. As Executive Director, Philanthropy & Development, at the Charities Aid Foundation, David’s teams generated around £400m of new donations and social investment each year, and managed over £1bn of philanthropic capital. David has previously held CEO/Director roles with major legal firms, KPMG, Accenture, UBS and RBS. David is also on the Board of Wave Trust and IESE Foundation.