Editorial Advisory Board for The Parliamentarian

The role of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Parliamentarian, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s flagship quarterly publication and the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments is to:
review and feedback on content and articles;
propose themes and topics for future issues;
contribute articles;
to assist with sourcing new contributors for The Parliamentarian

The Editorial Advisory Board members are also able to propose new ideas for the promotion and future direction of The Parliamentarian for the benefit of the CPA and its Members. Members of the Editorial Advisory Board are able to contribute articles and news content for consideration by the Editor for inclusion in The Parliamentarian and they are also encouraged to use their own networks to assist the publication in sourcing new contributors and articles.

The Editorial Advisory Board is comprised of members representing the nine regions of the CPA, a member to represent the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) and an additional member of the board to represent the eminent persons of the Commonwealth and other specialist areas, plus the addition of the CPA Secretary-General and the Editor of The Parliamentarian. In addition, the CPA Executive Committee agreed to also nominate nine youth representatives for each region of the CPA to encourage youth participation in the publication and to offer opportunities for youth people interested in journalism and politics.

The Editorial Advisory Board consults its members several times a year with forthcoming themes and topics, proposed copy deadlines and suggested contributors. Additional consultations may be held at the specific request of the Secretary-General or the Editor. The Editorial Advisory Board takes place through various methods including group email consultation for review and feedback on publications and input into proposed topics and planning of future issues. 

For further information about the work of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Parliamentarian or to find out how to apply for future positions on the board please contact the Editor via email editor@cpahq.org.

Editorial Advisory Board for The Parliamentarian
Members (1 July 2019-30 June 2020) 
 

Africa Region:
• Mr Leonard Thabo Mofokeng, Clerk, Free State Provincial Legislature, South Africa – 2-year term (2019-2021).* 
• Youth representative – Mr Timothy Kadaga, Speaker of the CPA Africa Region Youth Parliament – 2-year term (2019-2021).*

Asia Region:
• Mr Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director, Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services - 2-year term (2018-2020). 
• Youth representative – Mr Danish Ali Bhutto (Pakistan) - Parliamentary Researcher, youth civic engagement programme manager and former Commonwealth Youth Parliamentarian - 2-year term (2019-2021).

Australia Region:
• Ms Verity Barton, former Queensland Parliament and Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Queensland Board Member- 2-year term (2018-2020). 
Youth representative – TBC*

British Islands and Mediterranean Region:
• Mr Carl Wright, Secretary-General Emeritus, Commonwealth Local Government Forum – 2-year term (2019-2021). 
• Youth representative – Ms Khadijah Khatun (United Kingdom) - Communications Officer in the House of Lords at the Parliament of the United Kingdom and former Commonwealth Youth Parliamentarian - 2-year term (2019-2021).

Canada Region:

• Ms Audrey O’Brien, Former Clerk, Canada Federal Parliament – 2-year term (2019-2021).
Youth representative – TBC*

Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region:
• Hon. Maxie Cuffie, MP, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration (Trinidad and Tobago) - 2-year term (2018-2020). 
Youth representative – TBC*

India Region:
• Shri Atul Jain, General Secretary, Deendayal Research Institute (DRI), New Delhi - 2-year term (2019-2021).* 
Youth representative – TBC*

Pacific Region:
• Ms Poto Williams, MP – Assistant Speaker, New Zealand Parliament - 2-year term (2018-2020). 
• Youth representative – Ms Elizabeth V Kite, Founder and CEO Tonga Youth Leaders and Pacific Regional Representative on the Commonwealth Youth Council – 2-year term (2019-2021)

South-East Asia Region:
• Hon. Mr Zairil Khir Johari, MP, Member of the Penang State Assembly and State Executive Councillor for Public Works, Utilities and Flood Mitigation, Malaysia – 2-year term (2018-2020).
• Youth representative – TBC*

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP):
• CWP Vice-Chairperson – Hon. Zainab Gimba, MP, CWP Steering Committee Member Africa Region - Federal Parliament of Nigeria - 1-year term (2019-2020).

Additional Members:
• The following additional member(s) of the board have been nominated for 2019-2021 two-year term:
• Eminent Person – Mr Rodney Dixon, QC (South Africa) – Barrister specialising in international law, international criminal law and human rights and civil liberties – 2-year term (2019-2021).

Ex-Officio Members:
• Acting Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Mr Jarvis Matiya
• Editor of The Parliamentarian, Mr Jeffrey Hyland 

*Recent nominations to the Editorial Advisory Board subject to the final confirmation of the Members of the CPA Executive Committee at their next meeting due in Assam, India in April 2020.

The composition of the Editorial Advisory Board is:
• Nine members of the Editorial Advisory Board from each of the nine regions of the CPA
• Nine youth representatives on the Editorial Advisory Board from each of the nine regions of the CPA
• 1 representative for the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)
• Additional Members can be appointed to represent Commonwealth eminent persons and other specialist areas – up to three additional Members. 
• Two members from the CPA Headquarters Secretariat (Ex-officio)

Updated CPAHQ/27/11/2019