Subject: Launch of the Commonweath Hub
Dear Branch personnel
I am writing to advise you of an important development.
Over the years I have proposed to the then Secretary-General the advantages of establishing a centre for civil society to co-locate with the Commonwealth Secretariat. I suggested that Quadrant House, a large rented property on Pall Mall, across the road from Marlborough House, would be an ideal location for their ‘hub’.
I am pleased to report that the change of Secretary-General and a degree of persistence have paid off. The intention to implement their plan was announced on 9 June when Her Majesty visited Marlborough House and launched the Commonwealth Hub. The intention to rename Quadrant House, Commonwealth House was also announced.
Initially, three organisations will establish the hub, The Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Between us, we represent a breadth of interests and activities, but we are bound by our mutual objectives of promoting the value of the modern Commonwealth and the values upon which it is based.
The boards of the three partners believe that the hub will bring a greater footfall to Quadrant House; will raise awareness and profile and will bring a new stimulus to co-operative and collaborative work.
We aim to move the office to Quadrant House between July and September and I anticipate that we will be organised well before the branches meeting in October; the move should therefore not impact upon plans in any way.
Do please let myself or Hilary Greengrass know if you have any questions and may I ask you to please update your constituencies of the development.
Michael Lake CBE
The Royal Commonwealth Society
Tel: +44 (0)20 3727 4300