The Team


Mrs Patsy Robertson was the former Director of Information at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Official Spokesperson for the Commonwealth (1983-1994). Mrs Robertson worked as a senior Media Advisor for the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing +5 and with UNICEF on the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children 1991-1992. She is a trustee and Chair of several charities, including Widows Rights International, The Thomson Foundation, The Commonwealth Press Union and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.


Mr Richard Bourne (OBE) was the Founder Director of the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, 1998-2005, and is a Senior fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Founder of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Mr Bourne's Commonwealth career began when he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Institute, Kensington 1982-1989. He was a special adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Iwokrama Rainforest Programme in Guyana, held posts at Surrey University and the London Institute for Education, and ran the Commonwealth Non-Governmental Office for South Africa and Mozambique from 1995-7. Prior to this Mr Bourne was Education correspondent for the Guardian and Deputy Editor for the Evening Standard. Mr Bourne is an established author, his most recent book is called 'Catastrophe: What went Wrong in Zimbabwe', Zed Books 2011.


Mr David Coles is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG in 1988. Since then he has held a variety of positions in the City, in management consultancy and more recently he has run his own business. He works in finance for an international charity working on Malaria prevention in Africa and Asia.


Miss Helen Bailey has a MSc in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.