New Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, takes office

SG Patricia Scotland QCOn 27 November 2015, in Malta, the Commonwealth Heads of Government appointed The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC of Dominica as the first woman and the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. She assumed office on 1 April, 2016. After joining the House of Lords in 1997, Baroness Scotland went on to serve as a minister in the Foreign Office, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department.

Baroness Scotland was born in Dominica, moved to the UK with her family, and grew up in east London. She trained as a lawyer and became the first black women to be appointed both as a Queen’s Counsel and as Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and Master of Middle Temple. She was appointed Attorney General in 2007 (the first women to hold the post since it was created in 1315), founded the Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation in 2011 and was appointed Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to South Africa in 2012. Finally, she was elected as the Alderman of Bishopsgate in the City of London in 2014, and as of Friday 1 April 2016, begins her exciting new post as Commonwealth Secretary-General.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for: promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values; representing The Commonwealth publicly; and, the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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