CWP Alumni Initiative

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Alumni Champion begins new role

In accordance with the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Strategy, the CWP Alumni Initiative has been launched by the CPA Headquarters Secretariat with the objective of providing a framework for former women Parliamentarians to deliver mentoring, coaching and advice to the benefit of sitting women Parliamentarians and to act as a resource for the CPA. 

Dr Lesley Clark, a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland in Australia has been nominated to the position of CWP Alumni Champion and she will act as an Ambassador for the CWP Alumni Initiative and will share her experience and expertise across the CPA and CWP’s membership. Dr Lesley Clark was Member of Parliament from 1989 to 1995 and again from 1998 to 2006. Like many Members of Parliament, she was involved with local politics before entering Parliament, serving as a member of the Mulgrave Shire Council. During her parliamentary career, she held many positions and served on numerous Parliamentary Committees, giving her a wealth of experience. Since retiring from Parliament, she has held the position of the Director of Equity and Diversity at James Cook University in Queensland and now works as a consultant in international development to increase women’s parliamentary representation.

- CWP Alumni Initiative: Benefits - including CPA Masterclass videos on CWP Alumni Initiative

- CWP Alumni Initiative: News

To contact the CWP Alumni Champion please email

To find out more about the CWP Alumni Initiative please watch this introductory video - click here.


The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation.The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. Visit

Updated 6 March 2019/CPAHQ.