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UEL Chair of Governors working to inspire Commonwealth young leaders

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Geoff Thompson holds talks with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

Geoff Thompson, Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of East London (UEL), has met Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at her offices to discuss how the University can continue to promote the aspirations of young leaders among the 1.2 billion citizens in the 53-member states.
Mr Thompson has been working with the Secretariat to inspire the Commonwealth’s youth leaders in a series of lectures and roadshows, which culminates in a day-long conference at Salford’s Media City.
Mr Thompson said, “It was a delight to meet the Secretary-General again. She is already part of the UEL family, being one of our honorary graduates, and it was a true pleasure to hear her vision for the Commonwealth.
“Her record of achievement speaks for itself, and it’s easy to see why the Commonwealth continues to go from strength to strength under her incredible leadership.
“We discussed how UEL could work closely with the Secretariat in the future, how we could create ‘social activists’ and ‘change agents’ from all faiths and none, right across a third of the globe, so these diverse young talents can work together to create a better and more peaceful world.”
Mr Thompson’s organisation, Youth Charter, is working with the Secretariat to create a digital platform for Commonwealth young leaders to swap ideas and collaborate in harnessing their talent, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Secretary-General Scotland said, “I truly wish to thank Geoff for his passion and hard work. Through his talks and roadshows, he has inspired a new generation of young leaders. But it’s not just talking the talk, Geoff walks the walk, as he has shown over the past 25 years with his work at Youth Charter. We need people like Geoff who look at the garden of youth, sow the seeds and nurture the talent which grows within it.”