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Our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.

Team QCT. Together, supporting thousands of young people around the world, who are helping others every day.

Reporting to the Board, our staff and Advisors work alongside a global network of young leaders who together bring their experience and expertise to our strategy development, digital content, grant-making and more. Together we are Team QCT, and we are already almost a thousand members strong.

The Board of Trustees leads and is accountable for the work of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. It sets the strategy, approves the brand identity, values and the annual business plan and budget.


Nicola Brentnall is the founding Chief Executive of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, responsible for the brand and proposition. Nicola has over twenty years’ senior leadership and Board level experience, leading on strategy, communications, mediation, governance, values, brand and fundraising.

Marketing and Digital Innovation
The Marketing and Digital Innovation team delivers QCT’s marketing communications, content, network and digital activities. We share the leadership, ideas and expertise of young people through our online platforms and connect young leaders to a global network of peers who are taking practical action to help others every day. This network is nearly 1,000 strong, and is for generous leaders who want to create a sustainable future for everyone. Members join us to collaborate, share, support and encourage each other and others all around the world, while working on new projects and new solutions to the challenges we face.

Grants and Operations
The Grants and Operations team look after QCT’s grant making, grants management and overall operations as an organisation. We work with young leaders who have received funding to provide guidance and organisational support, while making sure that QCT’s operations effectively and efficiently support all QCT’s wider activities and drive impact for young people and their projects.

The Fundraising team ensures that the work of QCT can continue sustainably into the future by building strong relationships with our supporters. We build new partnerships and communicate the impact of QCT’s work to help donors and prospective donors stay close to our work and understand the vital difference their support makes to young leaders around the world.

Our Advisors bring experience and expertise to our strategy, digital content, grant-making and more, to help us support the diverse and evolving needs of the Commonwealth’s young people.

Founding Advisory Board
Olusegun Aganga
Shanthi Annan
Adam Bradford
Gerald Chirinda
Aaron Hape
Bill Holroyd
Dr Kamel Hothi
Kelvin Hughes
Kenny Imafidon
Charles Irving
The Rt Hon. the Lord Kakkar
Ankit Kawatra
Alexander McLean
Angeline Murimirwa
Dr Joanna Newman
Shally Shanker
Bill Thomas
Joannes Yimbesalu
Principal Funders and Supporters
Supporters1 - TheExilarchsFoundation
Supporters2 - JMCMRJ
Team-Supporters-Media-Graff Foundation
Rubin Foundation

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