2020 Conference Speakers
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Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC

The Right Honourable Baroness Patricia Scotland QC (Photo courtesy of The Commonwealth Secretariat)



Commonwealth Secretary-General to speak at Public Performance Conference 2020

April 13, 2020

BOSTON -- The National Center for Public Performance at Suffolk University announced Monday that The Right Honourable Baroness Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Public Performance Conference, scheduled for September 24-25, 2020 in Boston.


The Commonwealth Secretariat is an intergovernmental organization of 54 independent and equal countries which supports members in working towards shared goals of prosperity, democracy and peace. The Commonwealth Secretary-General is responsible for representing the Commonwealth publicly and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Secretariat.


The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC is the 6th Commonwealth Secretary-General and has served in this position since 2016. Born in Dominica and raised in the United Kingdom, she is the 2nd Secretary-General from the Caribbean and the 1st woman to hold the post. In 2007, she was appointed Attorney General of England and Wales – the first woman to hold the post since it was created in 1315. In 1997, she joined the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Baroness Scotland of Asthal, going on to serve as a minister in the Foreign Office, Home Office and Lord Chancellor’s Department. In these postings, she undertook major reform of the criminal justice system, including the introduction of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act.


The Annual Public Performance Conference is a multi-day gathering of leading government and nonprofit performance management practitioners and scholars. Taking place at Suffolk University-Boston on September 24-25, 2020, this year’s conference marks the 13th annual program featuring panels of public and nonprofit performance experts from across the globe. The conference theme will be “Emerging International Best Practices in Performance Management,” highlighting cases from all levels of government and nonprofit organizations across the globe that public agencies may call upon to improve service delivery. A major goal of the conference will be to begin drafting model legislation that would require government performance measurement and reporting efforts.

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