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Commonwealth, Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat, Patricia Scotland, Queen's Counsel
Source: The Commonwealth

Special address by Commonwealth Secretary General Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC

The Commonwealth Heads of Government appointed Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC of Dominica as the first woman and the sixth Commonwealth Secretary General.

Trained as a lawyer, she became the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1991. At 35, she was also the youngest woman ever to be made a QC. Patricia joined the House of Lords in 1997 as Baroness Scotland of Asthal going on to serve as a minister in the Foreign Office, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department. She was appointed Attorney General in 2007 — the first women to hold the post since it was created in 1315. Her other offices include Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Patron of the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Patron of Lifeline (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Caribbean Science Foundation.

Please register at the earliest as seats are limited. Numbered invitations will thereafter be issued to confirm participation.

The timing of this event is from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.