The Commonwealth Education Trust invests in primary and secondary education and the training and professional development of teachers in the Commonwealth, thereby enhancing the opportunities for children in the Commonwealth to develop the skills necessary to contribute to the economic and social development of their communities.
CET works in partnership with educationalists to use financial and business skills to structure sustainable, scalable and transferrable projects based on applied research.
CET is the successor trust to the Commonwealth Institute (formerly the Imperial Institute). It is a charitable trust and is regulated by the Charity Commission. It is governed by a Deed of Trust dated 14 June 2007 which provides for the appointment of four Trustees and three ex-officio Advisory Trustees.
The Trustees are the charity trustees of the Trust for the purposes of English law and have ultimate authority for the control of the Trust. The Trustees are:
- Miss Judith Hanratty CVO OBE
- The Rt Hon the Lord Fellowes GCB GCVO QSO
- Mr John (Algy) Cluff
- Mrs Helen Robinson OBE
The Advisory Trustees’ role is to advise the Trustees on issues relating to the Commonwealth and to assist co-ordination between the Trustees and the Commonwealth. The Advisory Trustees rotate and are the representatives to London of the countries currently holding the Chair of the Commonwealth, the immediate past Chair and the next to hold the Chair. The current Advisory Trustees are the High Commissioners to London for Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sri Lanka.
The Trustees are a part-time, non-executive body. Responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Trust is delegated to the Chief Executive, Mrs Judy Curry ACA.
Further information can be obtained from CET’s Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements which are available from the Charity Commission website.