Meet The Team
Director of the Centre for Commonwealth Affairs
Sam Bidwell is the founder and director of the Centre for
Commonwealth Affairs. Sam has an LLB in Law from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Constitutional and International Affairs. He has extensive experience in political campaigning and research, and is the Centre's research lead.
Lord Howell of Guildford
Lord Howell of Guildford is a longstanding advocate for the Commonwealth, and a member of the House of Lords. Lord Howell has served in Government under three Prime Ministers, and has a Parliamentary career which spans over fifty years. He has written extensively on a wide range of topics including foreign policy and energy, with 2018's The Mother of All Networks offering a timely retrospective on the role that the Commonwealth can play in the 21st century.
Jonathan is a founding member and Assistant Director of the Centre for Commonwealth Affairs. He is Secretary of Labour Students, and a committed member of the Labour Party. Jonathan is in his final year at the University of Cambridge, where he specialises in intellectual history.
Originally from Namibia, Oliver moved to the UK aged 15. Since then, he has been involved with the UK Youth Parliament and has recently become a trustee for KnownValuedLoved, a charity working on education in post-conflict zones. Oliver works as the Parliamentary Assistant to The Lord Popat of Harrow, supporting him in his role as Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC.
Communications and Outreach Officer
Imogen is Parliamentary Secretary for Mark Garnier MP and a Councillor in Havant. She has served in numerous roles across the public and private sectors, and has worked with MPs in both Westminster and Australia. She now works as the Centre's Events Officer.
Head of Operations (Southern Africa)
David is a student at the University of Pretoria, completing a PhD in International Relations. He was the first African elected as Prime Minister of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament, and has served for two terms on the National General Council of the South African Union of Students. He is an African Union certified expert in transitional justice and international law.
Research Director (Commonwealth History)
Thomas is a founding member of the Centre, and serves as its Research Director on Commonwealth History. He serves as Junior Librarian at the Cambridge Union, and is a choral scholar at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, where he is in the final year of his BA in History and Politics.
The Centre's Advisory Board is a collection of eminent political, social, and business figures who advise us on matters of policy, provide support, and inform our strategic direction. All of our advisors are volunteers who support our work due to their belief in the importance of the Commonwealth.
Dr. Liam Fox
Secretary of State for International Trade (2016-19)
Secretary of State for Defence (2010-11)
Leader of the Opposition, Jamaica (2017-20)
Minister for Finance (2012-16)
Minister for National Security (2002-07)
President of Mauritius (2015-18)
Enterprise and Investment Council
Lord Popat of Harrow
Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to
Rwanda and Uganda
MP, Amenfi East (2013 -)
Fmr. Minister for Local
Lord Kamall of Edmonton
Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Commonwealth
Member of European Parliament (2005-2019)
Abdoulie Ceesay MNA
Deputy Majority Leader, Parliament of
MNA for Old Yundum
Professor Sangeeta Khorana
Institute for Exports & International Trade
Dep. Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
Wendy Morton MP
MP for Aldridge-Brownhills (2015 -)
Former Chief Whip
Crossbench Life Peer
Former Chair of the Judicial
Dennitah Ghati, HSC
Member of Parliament, Kenya
Douglas Scott Proudfoot
Former Canadian diplomatic
representative to the UK, India,
Fmr. President, Nigeria-Britain Association