Home >About us >Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
  • Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC (2016 - to present)

    The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for:

    • promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values
    • representing the Commonwealth publicly
    • the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat

Secretary-General: Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the sixth Commonwealth Secretary-General. See profile

She was born in Dominica and was their candidate for the post at the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She is the second Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the first woman to hold the post. 

In the news

Secretary-General: Commonwealth collaboration key to global stability

The Commonwealth is well placed to tackle daunting global challenges such as climate change, extremism, inequality and poverty, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland told participants at an international conference yesterday.

Commonwealth trade post-Brexit: ‘Everything is to play for’

High commissioners from Australia, Canada and India joined Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at a financial services conference in London today to offer an upbeat assessment on future trade prospects in the Commonwealth.

Peace-building in action: the Commonwealth family makes it truly possible

This is why I was delighted that our message of peacebuilding, the Commonwealth theme for the year, resonated with all parties in Lesotho and with the ministers and officials I spoke to on my subsequent visit to Malawi.

Secretary-General welcomes Commonwealth Study Conference Leaders to Marlborough House

The conference is taking place from 7 to 12 May and will be attended by The Princess Royal, High Commissioners and outstanding senior leaders from across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland’s mission to Southern Africa

It is a great pleasure to have been able to come to Lesotho and Malawi for my first significant visit to Southern Africa. Malawi has been an extraordinary opportunity for us to look and see what we’re doing in relation to ending early marriage, and also what we are doing to attack anti-corruption.

Secretary-General Scotland calls for collaboration on Lesotho governance reform

The Commonwealth and the United Nations have pledged to continue working with local and regional institutions to support the peacebuilding process and governance reform agenda in Lesotho.