The Commonwealth Association is a staff alumni association and welcomes new members.

If you are a former staff member (or CFTC expert or advisor) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning, or former salaried staff of any Commonwealth association, and you want to keep in touch with the official Commonwealth and what it does, this alumni association is for you.

Our programme comprises a variety of activities including:

  • Commonwealth advocacy , our most recent projects being ‘Putting Zimbabwe on to the Commonwealth Agenda’ and preparing a submission to the Expert Group on the Future of the Commonwealth;
  • Our annual lecture where a key Commonwealth personality addresses the membership in Marlborough House, London. Past speakers have included Vince Cable, now UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2009), Royal African Society Director Richard Dowden (2010) and UK  FCO minister Lord Howell (2011) ; 
  • A special projects programme where members work together on topics of interest to the membership such as our recent fundraising drive for a Zambian charity and our current oral history project; and, 
  • A social programme.

We also keep members informed about and extend invitations to Commonwealth events and meetings taking place in London. A lot of networking goes on at our events, making it a friendly and excellent way to keep up with Commonwealth news and share experiences. More information is available elsewhere on this website. 

The annual subscription is only £15 and we have members in many Commonwealth countries.

We look forward to welcoming all those wishing to maintain their Commonwealth links. For further information on how to join, please contact

Download a membership application form (PDF) or  (Word doc) below.


Members of The Commonwealth Association include former Members of Parliament, diplomats, government officials, professionals, academicians, journalists, bureaucrats and others from all walks of life who have worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning and a variety of other Commonwealth organisations. 

Members have worked in the field of development and international affairs in major inter-governmental Commonwealth organisations, non-governmental and professional bodies, and in civil society. They have considerable experience in legal, economic, political, diplomatic, technical assistance, gender and youth affairs, education, health and communication matters.

  • The association was established in London in 2001 as a means for members to: 
  • Support the values of the Commonwealth of Nations;
  • Support the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Commonwealth Foundation and other Commonwealth organisations;
  • Promote the discussion of subjects of Commonwealth interest; and
  • Provide a social and cultural forum for the pursuit of common interests;
  • Organise activities supporting the above aims.