The Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Diana Owen as Director-General; who will take up her appointment on Monday 4 December. Her predecessor, Major General Roddy Porter MBE, stepped down from the role in August.

Diana Owen brings extensive experience of working in the not for profit sector, with the National Trust and for the last 10 years as Chief Executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) in Stratford upon Avon, a global hub for Shakespeare fans everywhere. Diana has grown the SBT’s national and international profile and reputation leading significant cultural and capital projects in Stratford and with partners worldwide.

Sir David Brewer, ROSL Chairman, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Diana to the ROSL family, and believe Diana’s experience, professionalism and energy will help shape a bright future for our international membership organisation.”

ROSL, founded in 1910, is a non-profit members’ organisation dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding. ROSL helps artists and musicians across the Commonwealth connect, collaborate and create and their humanitarian work benefits and changes the lives of some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. With 16,000 members across the world, ROSL’s clubhouses in London and Edinburgh provide central locations to enjoy comfortable accommodation and a vibrant calendar of events, concerts and exhibitions.

In looking forward to taking up her new appointment, Diana said

‘ROSL is an extraordinary organisation with a fascinating history and, through its very active membership, arts, education and humanitarian programmes, ROSL makes a real difference to people, especially young people, across the Commonwealth. Its mission to promote international friendship and understanding is even more vital in these troubled times. I am honoured to have this opportunity and I am especially proud to continue its long standing tradition of service to the ideals of the Commonwealth including equality, inclusivity and respect for all’. 

Dr Diana Owen will attend the ROSL Chairman’s Dinner on Wednesday 15 November 2017, and will be in post from 4 December 2017.


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Gemma Matthews, Director of Marketing
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About ROSL

Founded in 1910, the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) is a not-for-profit private members' club dedicated to championing international friendship and understanding, with clubhouses in St James’s Street London and Princes Street, Edinburgh.

ROSL ARTS supports talented young artists and musicians from the UK and Commonwealth, providing performance and exhibition opportunities which bring their work to the attention of the professional arts community, media and general public.

ROSL is an officially recognised Commonwealth NGO.

Membership has been open to men and women on equal terms since 1910 and today we are proud of an equal male/female membership ratio.

ROSL's headquarters are in the London clubhouse; comprising 83 bedrooms, private garden and terrace with views of Green Park, restaurant, brasserie and bar (with al fresco dining in summer), drawing room and seven conference and private dining rooms.

ROSL also has a clubhouse in Edinburgh, located at 100 Princes Street. This property benefits from exceptional views of the castles and comprises 20 bedrooms, bar, restaurant, and conference and private dining facilities.