COL is governed by a Commonwealth-wide Board of Governors with provision for up to 17 members consisting of the Chair, up to nine major donors, representatives from four Commonwealth regions, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Secretary-General’s appointee and the President of COL (ex-officio). This provides for regional spread complemented with rotation of representatives.

Current Members of the Board of Governors


COL Board of Governors meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 2017)

Back row, left to right: 
Lockwood Smith, Emma Kruse Va'ai, Janet Ecker, Hubert Charles, Martin Bean, K.K. Sharma, 
Nurul Islam Nahid, David Puttnam, Neelam Banga and Narend Baijnath.


Front row, left to right: 
Asha Kanwar (President and CEO), Patricia Scotland (Commonwealth Secretary-General)
Linda Sissons (Chair), Unity Dow and Mariam Katagum.