Job Title: Senior Programme Officer, Capacity Development
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7747 6141
Email: g.cooper@commonwealth.int

Gillian joined the Commonwealth Foundation in 2014.

In her role as Senior Programme Officer for Capacity Development she is responsible for the management and implementation of capacity development technical support to regional civil society organisations, networks, alliances and forums for enhanced participatory governance for sustainable development.

Gillian previously worked for the RSPB as the West Africa Partner Development Officer, coordinating and delivering the Society’s capacity development programme for its West African national partner organisations. Gillian has over fifteen years of experience working internationally within the civil society sector with a focus on equitable sustainable development, natural resource management, sustainable tourism development and capacity building. She has worked freelance, as Associate of Green Park Consultants, for an urban regeneration programme in capacity development of community based organisations in East London and has worked in the Caribbean for 10 years as Executive Director of the Environmental Awareness Group in Antigua and Barbuda and as Associate Director of the Caribbean Natural Resource Institute (CANARI) in Trinidad and Tobago, a regional sustainable development think tank. Gillian has an MSc in Globalisation and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Gillian enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, music events, reading good books and when she can muster up the energy – running and zumba!