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How we’re organised to ensure every young person has the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive

Governance

Royal Charter

The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth is a charity (number 273136), registered with the Fundraising Regulator. It is governed by a Royal Charter, granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. Her Majesty the Queen is Patron of the ESU and Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal serves as President, having succeeded her father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who retired in 2011.

We are very grateful to the Princess Royal for her support of our charitable work. She is a regular attendee at our events and in 2018, she met the participants of our International Public Speaking Competition at a reception at St James’s Palace.

Our trustees

As a charity, the English-Speaking Union has a board of governors who are trustees, who are elected or co-opted from the membership by the members to guide the organisation. The board of governors ensures the success and financial strength of the charity and sets the objectives in line with the organisation’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

The Chairman of the board is The Rt Hon. the Lord Boateng (left), who is supported by three officers – two deputy chairmen and the treasurer – along with 11 further governors. Each lends his or her experience and expertise to the organisation, and plays a vital role in the ESU’s ongoing development. Find out more about our board of governors here.

The board of governors oversees the executive team, who conduct the day to day management of the organisation and implement the strategy on behalf of the board.

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