Senior Management Team
Our Senior Management Team oversee the strategic direction of the Commission. Meet the team.
Victoria became the first female Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission when she joined on 20 October 2014. Victoria is responsible for the running of the CWGC and its multi-national workforce of 1,300 staff.
Victoria joined the CWGC after 10 years as Chief Executive at Leeds Castle Foundation and Enterprises where she doubled visitor numbers, enhanced the visitor experience and expanded alternative revenue streams and opportunities. Prior to that, Victoria was Justices' Chief Executive at Sussex Magistrates' Courts from 2000-2004 and has held various posts within the Diplomatic Service in Tanzania, Thailand, and Belgium. She is also a Council Member of the Association for Independent Museums. Victoria took over from Brian Davidson, who had been in post as Acting Director General since July 2014.
Director of Operations
Barry was appointed Director of Operations in May 2015. Previously he held roles at the Commission as Director of Africa and Asia Pacific Area, Director of France Area and Director of United Kingdom Area. Prior to that, Barry also worked as a Human Resources Manager at the Commission's Head Office in Maidenhead and spent seven years as Administration Manager in Ieper, Belgium.
Barry holds a Honours Degree in Politics from Exeter University (1987-90) as well as an MBA from Henley Management College (2005-2008). He is married with two children.
Director of Information and Communications
Liz joined the Commission in 2011, and was appointed Director of Information & Communications in May 2017. She has previously held senior roles in both Information Systems and Communications within the Commission.
Liz has more than 25 years senior experience in the commercial sector working in both international communications and project management roles. Prior to joining the Commission, she was Commercial Projects Director at Stiefel, a GSK Company.
Director of Resources
Judith joined the Commission in May 2015 as Resources Director and is currently responsible for finance and facilities. She has more than 25 years senior international finance and management experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
She is a member of both the Institute of Corporate Treasurers and the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants. Living in London, she avails its plentiful opportunities to pursue and indulge her keen interest in theatre, opera and classical music.
Director of Human Resources
Jamie joined the Commission in June 2017 as the Director of Human Resources. She is responsible for leading the people agenda and the overall human resources strategy.
Jamie has a wealth of experience within international HR; across multi-discipline sectors of SME organisations. Prior to joining the Commission, she was Senior Director HR at the Kynetec Group.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Director of Public Engagement and Development
Sally joined the Commission in August 2017 as Director of Public Engagement and Development and is responsible for Community Engagement and supporting the new charitable Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.
Sally has more than 13 years’ experience in the charity, education and fundraising sector and joins us from Mosaic, an initiative of The Prince’s Trust, where she was Head of Operations.
Sally has also worked for Business in the Community (BITC) and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM), where she gained an extensive track record of managing public sector funding and community engagement.
Stuart joined the Commission as General Counsel in September 2017. A solicitor with more than 25 years’ experience in the law, he has worked on commercial projects throughout the world, and has held senior roles in industry sectors including technology, telecoms, oil and gas, and water. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Reading, together with other law degrees from Exeter, Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Europa-Institut, Saarland, Germany. He is fluent in French and German.
Director for Commonwealth Liaison
Julian joined the Commission in November 2017 as Director for Commonwealth Liaison, responsible for leading and directing the Commission’s Member State liaison, communication and programming.
Julian spent more than 39 years as a member of HM Diplomatic Service, serving in a number of Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) missions around the world including in Pakistan, Canada, the United States and India. Prior to joining the Commission, he was Her Majesty’s Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, and the Director of Protocol and of First World War Commemorations at the FCO in London. In the latter role he worked closely with the Commission on the commemorations of the Battles of Jutland, the Somme, and Third Ypres/Passchendaele.
Julian holds an Honours Degrees in Geography from University College London. He is married to Gayle, herself a former member of HM Diplomatic Service, and has two daughters who are both studying history at university.