Our Commissioners are appointed for a term of four years with the option of being extended for a further four years. Learn more about CWGC's Commissioners.
Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Gavin Williamson became Chairman of the Commission on 2 November 2017 upon appointment as the Secretary of State for Defence. Gavin has been MP for South Staffordshire since 2010. Previously, he was appointed Chief Whip (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury) in July 2016. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron as well as formerly Private Secretary in the Department of Transport and the Northern Ireland Office. He has also been Chairman of the All Party Group on Motor Neurone Disease.
SIR TIM LAURENCE KCVO CB ADC(P)
Sir Tim Laurence joined the Commission in 2011 and took over as Vice Chairman on 1 July 2016. A former Royal Navy officer, his 37-year career included four warship commands and a series of MOD appointments. His final role in the MOD was looking after the Department’s land and buildings as Chief Executive, Defence Estates. He is Chairman of the English Heritage Trust, the Major Projects Association and two Urban Regeneration companies. His other charity trusteeships include Royal National Lifeboat Institution and HMS Victory.
Her Excellency Mme Janice Charette
HE Janice Charette joined the Commission in September 2016 on appointment as High Commissioner for Canada. She was formerly Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Canadian Cabinet. In a career that has spanned eight ministries, Ms Charette held senior executive positions across files that included skills development, labour markets, immigration, citizenship, employment insurance, health and justice. Ms Charette is a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and is a champion for mental health and wellness in the workplace.
His Excellency the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, KStJ
HE Sir Jerry Mateparae joined the Commission in March 2017 on his appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand. Prior to this, his public service career culminated as the 20th Governor General of New Zealand. Formerly he was Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau following an extensive career in the armed forces, during which he became Chief of Army in 2002 and subsequently Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force in 2006 before retiring in 2011.
HER EXCELLENCY MS NOMATEMBA TAMBO
HE Nomatemba Tambo joined the Commission in March 2018 on appointment as High Commissioner for the Republic of South Africa. She was formerly South African Ambassador to Italy, Malta, Albania and San Marino, as well as Permanent Representative to the Rome-based UN Agencies. Prior to this, she had been Consul General to Hong Kong. She has a BA (Hons) in History and English and an LLB in Law. She is a Trustee for the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation.
HIS EXCELLENCY THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QC
HE George Brandis joined the Commission in May 2018 on appointment as the High Commissioner for Australia. He was formerly the Attorney-General in the Australian Government. Prior to this he was Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of the Government in the Senate, Minister for the Arts and Deputy leader of the Government in the Senate. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford as well as the University of Queensland.
HER Excellency MrS RUCHI GHANASHYAM
HE Mrs Ruchi Ghanashyam joined the Commission in December 2018 upon her appointment as High Commissioner for India. She is a career diplomat, having joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982. Most recently, she was Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi from April 2017 to November 2018. Prior to this she served in a variety of posts in Damascus, Kathmandu, Brussels, Islamabad, the United Nations in New York, High Commissioner to Ghana and later, High Commissioner to South Africa.
She holds a Master of Psychology from the Bhopal University and speaks Hindi, Arabic and English.
Mr Edward Chaplin CMG OBE
Edward Chaplin joined the Commission in 2011 and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees. He is a former diplomat whose posts included Ambassador to Jordan, Iraq, and Italy and Director Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign Office. His other current commitments are Secretary to the Prime Minister for senior church appointments, Senior Advisor to the Good Governance Group, Trustee of the Mowgli Foundation, Governor of Wellington College School and Council Member at the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.
The Hon Mrs Ros Kelly AO
Ros Kelly joined the Commission in 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. She has worked across politics, private and not-for-profit sectors. A former Minister in the Australian Government, she served in a number of portfolios including Environment, Defence, Science and Personnel. After leaving politics, she worked with the environmental company ERM. Ros was formerly Chair of the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation and a Director of Thiess Pty Ltd. She currently serves as an advisor to Women on Boards UK.
Lt Gen Sir Bill Rollo KCB CBE
Sir Bill joined the Commission in 2013 and is currently Chairman of the Centenary, Audit and Finance Committees and a member of the 14-18 and Charity sub-committees. A former career Army officer, his senior appointments included Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel & Training) and Adjutant General, following a series of operational commands in the Balkans and Iraq. He is currently a Director of The Military Mutual and a Governor and Trustee of King Edward VII’s Hospital (Sister Agnes).
Air Marshal David Walker CB CBE AFC
David Walker joined the Commission in 2016. A former RAF Officer, his 34-year career included serving as a Harrier pilot in Germany, the Balkans and Belize as well as a tour as an F18 Hornet pilot with the US Navy. His senior appointments included NATO Joint Force Deputy Commander, Allied Air Component Deputy Commander and Air Officer Commanding No 1 Group, prior to retiring in 2013. He became National President of the Royal British Legion in 2015.