Trustees and Administrative Secretary


Judith Fisher, Chair

A lifetime career banker with HSBC Judith has consistently been a trailblazer for equal opportunities in banking and in business. Now retired, Judith dedicates her time and energies to educating and empowering girls across the Commonwealth


Vimal Shah, Hon. Treasurer

Vimal is a qualified Chartered Accountant and partner for over 15 years at PSJ Alexander & Co, a firm of auditors and Chartered Accountants in London. He has worked with several charities in a professional and personal capacity, and was honorary treasurer for 10 years with a children's charity focused on Africa. He is passionate about education and the opportunities this brings.

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Noreen Cesareo, Trustee

Noreen is a qualified international marketing practitioner (M.A.; B.A.). An experienced specialist, she worked with blue chip companies including Barclays, Thomas Cook and American Express, as well as other larger and medium sized businesses internationally. She is the principal of Market Accents, a WeConnect certified women-owned businesses, delivering strategic marketing, branding and communications. Noreen is passionate about bridging cultures and communities, and participates in a number of not-for-profit organisations, working to further business, education and other opportunities for women worldwide. She participates in the APPG for Women and Enterprise and is a Marketing Lead for the first UK Economic Blueprint for Women Owned Business. She worked with the CGEF Trustees for a number of years and is now part of board, dedicating her time to the development of girls education throughout the Commonwealth. She is Chair for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations during 2017.

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Kerry Foster, Trustee


Born in Townsville North Queensland. Graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from James Cook University in 1980.

Worked in variety of Social Work/ community positions for about 10 years. Also owned and operated coffee shop and gym in this time

Since 1995 I have been self-employed in the workplace rehabilitation arena. Obtained an Irish passport in 2007. Living on and off in London since 2008.

Previously Trustee for HavenGrove and involved in winding that up due to financial mismanagement.  Currently a Trust on the Vocational Rehab Association UK as well as Australian Rehab Providers Association.



Rita Odumosu, Trustee

Within the UK and international arena, Rita has extensive expertise of education leadership, management and policy and a reputation for high quality project work, consultancy and innovation. Rita considers the CCL work vital to global development and welcomes challenges and opportunities to use her skills as a Trustee of the Education Fund.

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Penny O'Regan, Trustee

Penny has a keen interest in actively facilitating the support of girls especially through education.  She lived in a variety of Commonwealth countries until returning to London in 2006. This, coupled with her extensive experience in the educational field, means that Penny is particularly engaged with the mission of the CGEF. Penny devotes most of her time to voluntary roles all with an educational or cultural flavour. Penny is particularly interested in strengthening the CGEF’s position within the Commonwealth ‘family’ at the same time as supporting the CGEF Trustees in pursuing new and exciting initiatives.

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 Louisa Service OBE, Trustee




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Roxanne St Clair, Trustee

Roxanne is from a finance background, having worked for Barclays Mercantile, Pitney Bowes Finance and Visa International in a variety of roles that saw her working in France, Ireland and Germany. In 2001 she decided to start her own bookkeeping business working with SMEs. Due to her passion for education and personal development Roxanne has created a set of leadership cards and designs leadership programmes for women and schools. Giving back is an important aspect of her life, so taking up the posts of Honorary Treasurer of the CCL and Trustee of the Education Fund is central to ensuring that she contributes and adds value to a cause that helps to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Jagravi Upadhyay, Trustee

Jagravi is a law graduate and an aspiring solicitor. Through her voluntary contribution to Splendours of Commonwealth and the 2015 British 10K London Run, she was inspired by our work across the Commonwealth. Jagravi is delighted to join the board of trustees and hopes to use her role to further the Fund's mission: 'Educate a Girl, Empower a Woman'.

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Danielle Jones-Smith, Administrative Secretary

Danielle Is the Administrative Secretary of the CGEF.

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