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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 2016. 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 2016 Council

Executive:

David Haisell ChairDavid Haisell – Chair

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David Haisell has risen through the ranks from Canadian representative to Chair since joining the UCS in 2007. In addition to his work with the UCS, David is a Special Advisor to and Social Media Director for the Toronto Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society. A graduate of the University of Guelph, he has worked everywhere from hospitals to museums. He currently works in the not for profit sector and lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

 

Jon-Paul Teasdale UK

Jon-Paul Teasdale – Vice Chair

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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.

 

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Nick Thompson – Chairman Emeritus

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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.

 

Edward Harris Secretary

Edward Harris – Secretary

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Edward Harris lives in London, where he where he works for a large multinational bank in the Square Mile. As well as finance, he has postgraduate degrees in Commonwealth History and Law, and first joined the UCS almost a decade ago. He has lived, worked and studied all over the world, from Italy to India and even the Isle of Man.

 

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.

 

Liam Hill UELiam Hill – Canada

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Liam Hill, UE is a student of Historiography and International Politics, having studied in Canada, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. His undergraduate studies in history focused on the colonial founding of British and French America. Liam has a strong passion for the Commonwealth and advocates for continuing cross-cultural exposure amongst the member communities. He currently resides in Southwestern Ontario.

 

Jason Green Caribbean Realms

Jason Green – Caribbean Realms

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Jason Green is a graduate of and research assistant at University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, where he majored in International Relations. He is chairman and founder of the Caribbean Monarchist League, and has been actively involved in other monarchist and heritage groups, such as the Jamaica Colonial Heritage Society.

 

Oliver Francis – New Zealand

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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

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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.

 

Jon-Paul Teasdale UK

Jon-Paul Teasdale – United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories, and Crown Dependencies

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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.