The CPA Secretary-General’s Private Office supports the work of the CPA Secretary-General and the governance and operations of the organisation. This includes assisting the CPA Secretary-General in their Chief Executive Officer role on matters of managerial oversight, the administration of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat, strategic planning and CPA’s internal and external relations. The CPA Secretary-General’s Private Office is also a key conduit between the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and the CPA’s governing bodies and supports the CPA Secretary-General in their capacity as the Secretary to the CPA Executive Committee and General Assembly and advisor to the CPA Chairperson and CPA Officers. When participating in CPA’s parliamentary strengthening programmes or attending key international engagements, the CPA Secretary-General’s involvement is coordinated by their Private Office.
CPA Headquarters Secretariat Staff
About the CPA Headquarters Secretariat
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is at the core of the Association and is committed to work with the leadership and membership of the Association in seeking to achieve its mission statement and strategic objectives.
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat embodies and champions the values of the CPA in both its work and conduct and undertakes all functions in a professional, transparent and holistic manner. Our Secretariat support for CPA Branches, both national and sub-national, will continue to recognise and respect the different needs and preferred approaches of our member Parliaments.
The CPA team is headed by the CPA Secretary-General, the CPA’s Chief Executive Officer, who is responsible for interpreting and implementing its policies and enhancing its activities and international relations, and is Secretary to the annual plenary conference.
Under the leadership of our Secretary-General, our staff group of 21 are well balanced in terms of gender and comprise of a rich representation of the Commonwealth nations.
At CPA, we have invested heavily in our staff to provide them with the opportunity grow and develop, encouraging both formal and informal learning opportunities where they can flourish, keep learning and ultimately to deliver to their full potential. Continuous development of our staff is a priority and our efforts have been externally recognised through the attainment of the Investors in People Award.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Headquarters Secretariat is located in London, United Kingdom. For further information about the CPA, please contact:
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
CPA Secretariat, c/o Richmond House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom.
T: +44 (0)20 7799 1460. F: +44 (0)20 7222 6073.
The CPA Headquarters Secretariat’s Finance Team provides operational, strategic and value-adding financial and business support services to the Association. The team ensures strict governance and regulatory compliance requirements are met. In particular, it ensures that effective financial accountability, equitability, value for money/best value considerations are taken into account in the provision of the Association's services.
More about the Finance Team and its work can be found here.
There are a number of operational roles based within the CPA Headquarters Secretariat including IT, Human Resources and Partnerships and Engagement. The operational areas of work supports the governance and delivery services of the CPA Headquarters Secretariat, for example setting the Secretariat's administrative policies ranging from procurement, staffing and sourcing external funding.
Led by the Head of Parliamentary Development, the CPA Programmes team is the largest division within the CPA Headquarters Secretariat and unique in having staff based in London, UK and Wellington, New Zealand. The CPA Programmes Team is divided into two spheres; Multilateral Engagement and Bilateral Engagement. The first sphere focuses heavily on the CPA's network coordination with the second sphere, Bilateral Engagement, focusing on in-country institutional strengthening programmes. As the name might suggest, the CPA Programmes Team oversees the delivery of all CPA programmes and projects.
The Communications Team is responsible for setting the Communication Strategy for the Secretariat and the delivery and management of all key communications channels to ensure the CPA membership is kept fully apprised of all CPA news and activities. The Communication Team leads on the production of key communications outputs such as The Parliamentarian, the CPA Podcast and the Order Paper. It also sets the visual branding rules for the Association.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Headquarters has been accredited by Investors In People. The Investors In People Standard is an internationally recognised accreditation, which is celebrated worldwide as a global benchmark in good people management and development and shows that an organisation is putting people first. Investors In People is a standard for people management that offers accreditation to organisations observing a specific criteria which has been developed to help organisations achieve excellence in management by providing organisations with tailored assessments in planning, implementing and evaluating effective strategies of improving organisations’ performance through their people.
Find out more here.