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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 Headquarters Secretariat
, c/o Richmond House, Houses of Parliament, London SW1A 0AA, United Kingdom. 
T: +44 (0)20 7799 1460

Download the CPA Organogram here. Download the CPA staff biographies booklet here.

CPA Secretary-General's Private Office

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.

Finance Team

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

Operations, Human Resources, IT and Partnerships

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. 

Programmes Team

Led by the Head of Programmes, the CPA Programmes team is the largest division within the CPA Headquarters Secretariat. 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, projects and seminars. 

Communications Team

The Communications Team is responsible for setting the Communications Strategy for the CPA 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 CPA Order Paper e-newsletter. 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.

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Stephen Twigg
CPA Secretary-General
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Jarvis Matiya
Deputy Secretary-General and Director of Operations
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Paul Townley
Finance Director
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Emily Davies
Head of Strategy and Engagement
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Matthew Salik
Head of Programmes
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Sharon Moses
Head of Human Resources
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Chinonso Orekie
Head of IT and Digital Services
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Jeff Hyland
Editor of The Parliamentarian and Communications Manager
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
James Pinnell
Deputy Head of Programmes - Multilateral Engagement
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Lydia Buchanan
Deputy Head of Programmes - Bilateral Engagement
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Tuck Choo
Financial Accountant
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Bénite Dibateza
Programmes Manager and CWP Coordinator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Jack Hardcastle
Programmes Manager and CPA Small Branches Coordinator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Clive Barker
Programmes Manager and CPwD/Youth Coordinator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Tom Davies
Communications and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
CPA Headquarters Secretariat tom.davies@cpahqorg
Avni Kondhia
Strategy, Engagement and Governance Officer
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Aqsa Latif
Programmes Officer
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Colette Blair-Buchanan
Finance Officer
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Zothile Zondi
Programmes Officer (seconded from the Parliament of South Africa)
CPA Headquarters Secretariat
Luseane Chesham
Office Administrator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat

Download the CPA Organogram here. Download the CPA staff biographies booklet here.