The Programme Officer team at the CSC Secretariat are the main contact point for Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows while on award. Your Programme Officer is named in your Notification of Award. You should contact them if you have any queries or difficulties during your award.
Annabel Boud – Senior Programme Officer
Annabel is English by heritage and Australian by birth. She studied a BA in Politics and International Relations, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Master of Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Sydney, Australia and University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Before joining the CSC, she worked as the Manager, Student Services and Manager, Marketing and Communications at the University of the South Pacific, based in the Fiji Islands.
Annabel enjoys travelling and the theatre, and supports Fiji and England in Rugby Union and the Sydney Roosters in Rugby League.
William Bramwell – Programme Officer
William grew up in Staffordshire and completed a BA in History and MA in International History at the University of Sheffield from 2006-2010. Before that, he lived and taught English in Malawi and, alongside his studies, continued to teach and travel around southern Africa. In 2015, he completed his PhD in African History at the University of Warwick, during which he spent 18 months in South Africa. Before joining the CSC Secretariat, he also taught undergraduate History at Warwick for two years.
William likes to travel and enjoys playing squash. He is also a keen cyclist; last year, he cycled from Vienna to Dunkirk, and is hoping to make a similar trip across Scandinavia.
Irene Costello – Programme Officer
Irene is currently living in Kent and is a Kent Greeter – a voluntary guide for visitors to Kent. She holds a degree in History, specialising in the interwar period. She has also studied Spanish and Computing at postgraduate level.
In her spare time, Irene enjoys doing MOOCs (massive open online courses) and spending time on her allotment.
Juliette Hargreave – Programme Officer
Juliette is a South Londoner by birth and studied a BA in French and Spanish at the University of Leeds, which included a semester studying in France and a year teaching English in Mexico. She then returned to London to study an MSc in Scientific, Medical and Technical Translation at Imperial College London. Before joining the CSC, Juliette was part of the International Team at the English and Welsh Bar Council. She also previously worked at the British Council coordinating Spanish-speaking language assistants in UK schools.
Juliette enjoys doing yoga, learning new languages (currently Brazilian Portuguese), and all things Latin American.
Shaheda Khatun – Programme Officer
Shaheda is from Luton and completed a BSc (Hons) in Management Science with Business at the University of Hertfordshire. After graduating, she worked for NatWest Private Banking, before joining the University of Bedfordshire as a Student Support Officer. She then went on to become Student Finance Officer for the university’s Faculty of Health and Social Science.
Shaheda can speak fluent Bengali and Hindi. She enjoys reading and listening to music in her spare time.
Krystel Lee – Programme Officer
Krystel hails from North London. She completed a BSc in Public Policy, Management and Sociology at Aston University. Following her degree, Krystel was employed as a Policy Adviser (Asia) in the International Knowledge and Innovation Team at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.
In her free time, Krystel is a keen badminton player and enjoys walking her dog, Gatsby, as well as occasional baking.
Jasmin Osman – Programme Officer
Jasmin is originally from Finland; she moved to the UK to study for a BA in Development Studies and South Asian Studies at SOAS, University of London. After this, she completed a Master’s degree in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights at the Institute of Education, University of London. Jasmin previously spent an exchange year in the USA, living and studying in Michigan, and has also worked in Norway. She has previously worked for another UK government scholarship programme.
During her free time, Jasmin enjoys travelling, visiting museums, and exploring the countryside.
Abbie Treloar – Programme Officer
Abbie has come from the most distant corner of the Commonwealth: New Zealand. Before university, Abbie spent a year travelling and working around the UK and Europe, before going home to commence her BA in International Relations and Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). Following her degree, Abbie worked for the International Office at VUW, where she was responsible for postgraduate international admissions, leadership short courses, and study assistance.
Abbie enjoys running, discovering great food and coffee around London, phone calls from her little brother, and travelling.
Vanessa Worthington – Programme Officer
Vanessa was born in London but views the Caribbean and specifically Jamaica and Barbados as her second home. She attended the University of East Anglia and graduated in 2009 with a BA in Politics. She also completed an MA in American History there in 2011. Vanessa was formerly part of the Student Recruitment and Events Team at St George’s, University of London, working with both home and international students on the different entry routes into higher education.
Vanessa enjoys baking, organising events for different charities, and running.