Rosie Glazebrook appointed chief executive of CWEIC

Glazebrook will take up her new role from May 2022, after she completes her five-year term as UK civil service commissioner in April

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) has appointed the civil service commissioner of the United Kingdom, Rosie Glazebrook, as its new chief executive.

Glazebrook will take up her new role from May 2022, after she completes her five-year term as civil service commissioner at the end of April.

New role

Glazebrook will take up her post at an exciting time for CWEIC as it prepares for the Commonwealth Business Forum in Rwanda and the Commonwealth Games Business Forum in Birmingham.

“Her experience will be invaluable in making them a success. More widely Rosie’s enthusiasm for the Commonwealth will be vital as CWEIC continues to grow its network and the services and activities we offer our strategic partners internationally,” said CWEIC in a statement announcing the appointment.

Glazebrook’s board experience includes chairing the Copyright Licensing Agency, an industry-owned body which generates revenue for its members. She is also a member of the BSI Group’s standards policy and strategy committee.

Her earlier career was in the media, publishing and health data organisations, working both in the UK and internationally.

Ghana partnership

In Ghana, Glazebrook is expected to work with Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, a leading transactional lawyer in Ghana and the senior partner of Africa Legal Associates, a Ghanaian law firm with a pan-African vision.

Otchere-Darko is the chair of the Ghana hub of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

Together, the will work to achieve CWEIC’s goals in Ghana.


Ms Glazebrook will be taking over from Samantha Cohen, who was appointed chief executive on 1 February 2020, but will now pick up the role of chief of staff at the office of the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, from April 2022.

Ms Cohen served in the Royal Household for 18 years as assistant and deputy private secretary to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth after serving as head of royal communications for the Queen’s household.

After working on the delivery of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in 2018, she served as private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for 18 months.

Before that she worked for the minister for mining and energy and the minister for indigenous affairs in the Government of Australia (the country of her birth).

Cohen currently also serves as a co-chair of the climate change charity Cool Earth and is a trustee of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.


CWEIC is a commercial, not-for-profit membership organisation with an official mandate from the Commonwealth Heads of Government to facilitate trade and investment throughout the 54 Commonwealth member nations.

The role of CWEIC is to use the convening power and trusted network of the Commonwealth, which is led by Her Majesty The Queen, to drive trade and investment.

CWEIC’s network includes roughly 100 business and government strategic partners (or members) across 30 countries and territories. They include Standard Chartered, Zenith Bank, Trade & Investment Queensland and the Government of the Maldives.

Every two years, CWEIC hosts the Commonwealth Business Forum in association with the host country of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

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