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The UCS Council

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The Council of the United Commonwealth Society is the Society’s administrative body, determining policies and operations. Elections are held annually; the current term began in February 2017. The Council consists of an executive (chairs and secretary), and representatives, each of whom acts for a specific country or area on council and has overall responsibility for Society activities and policies in their region.

The 2017 Council

Executive:

Jon-Paul Teasdale – Chair

ucsmembership@outlook.com

Jon-Paul Teasdale has spent over fifteen years working in public service, and is currently a supervisor in the north west of England. He has a keen amateur interest in history, politics and the Commonwealth, and is the founder of Greater Better Britain.

 

Oliver Huang-Hsu – Vice Chair

oliverhuang416@hotmail.com

A proud resident of New Zealand, Oliver Francis is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Composition at the University Of Auckland School Of Music, with additional studies in politics and statistics. He is also involved in the film and entertainment industry in NZ and overseas as an actor, songwriter and film composer. Oliver is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society (Auckland).

 

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Nick Thompson – Chairman Emeritus

nickthompson@unitedcommonwealthsociety.org

Nick Thompson was the founder and first President of the FCS (now the UCS). His career has included the management of billion dollar pension funds, and property development, and taken him across the UK, from Exeter to Edinburgh. He currently resides near his home town of York, where his principal duty is the care of his two young sons.

 

Vacant – Secretary

Please direct all enquiries to the Chair.

 

Regional Representatives:

 

Stephen Jones – Australia

stephenj1@iprimus.com.au

Stephen Jones lives in Hobart Tasmania. He is a senior teacher and has also held various senior education positions throughout the state. He has a strong interest in the Commonwealth and working collaboratively with other organisations to further the UCS’s aims and objects.

 

Vacant – Canada

Please direct all enquiries to the Chair.

 

Vacant – Caribbean Realms

Please direct all enquiries to the Chair.

 

Oliver Francis – New Zealand

oliverhuang416@hotmail.com

A proud resident of New Zealand, Oliver Francis is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Composition at the University Of Auckland School Of Music, with additional studies in politics and statistics. He is also involved in the film and entertainment industry in NZ and overseas as an actor, songwriter and film composer. Oliver is also a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society (Auckland).

 

Wilson Orlegge Thompson Pacific Realms

Wilson O. Thompson – Pacific Realms

pacific@unitedcommonwealthsociety.org

Wilson O. Thompson, MBE studied in Papua New Guinea and Australia. His civil service roles have included Administrator of Port Moresby and Chief Licensing Commissioner. He also served in Parliamentary Services and as First Secretary to Ministers and Shadow Ministers in the PNG government and opposition. He is currently Secretary of the Country Party.

 

Russell Moore – United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories, and Crown Dependencies

Please direct all enquiries to the Chair for the attention of Russell Moore.