By Act of Parliament, the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission comprises up to 14 members and a Chair, who are appointed by the Secretary of State for International Development.


  • Professor Tim Unwin – Secretary General, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, and Emeritus Professor of Geography and UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Royal Holloway, University of London

Deputy Chair


  • Sandy Balfour – Chief Executive Officer, Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust
  • Dr Nick Brown – Principal, Linacre College, University of Oxford
  • Richard Burge – Chief Executive, Wilton Park
  • Anthony Cary CMG – former British High Commissioner to Canada and British Ambassador to Sweden
  • Professor David Cope – Life Member, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
  • Sarah Laessig – former Managing Director, Public Sector Client Sales Management (EMEA), Citigroup
  • Kathy Mansfield – Project Director, ZIMRA Assistance Programme (ZIMRAP); former Senior Governance Advisor, DFID
  • Richard Middleton – Interim Academic Registrar, University of Bedfordshire
  • Mark Robson – Head of Statistics and Regulatory Data, Bank of England
  • Professor Jeff Waage OBE – Director, London International Development Centre
  • Professor Ros Wade – Director, Education for Sustainability Programme and Associate Director, Centre for Cross Curricular Initiatives, London South Bank University


All positions on the CSC are part-time. The only member of the CSC to receive payment is the Chair, who is paid an honorarium of £6000 per annum. Other members of the CSC receive travel and other out-of-pocket expenses only. Members of the CSC who review scholarship applications and attend selection committee meetings also receive an honorarium of £250 per meeting.

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