CPA Parliamentary Academy

Welsh Parliament (Senedd Cymru)

Hon. Elin Jones MS, Llywydd (Presiding Officer)
CPA Wales Branch President
Welsh Parliament
Ms Manon Antoniazzi, LVO, Chief Executive Officer and Clerk of the Senedd
CPA Wales Branch Secretary
Welsh Parliament
Al Davies, Senior International Relations and Protocol Manager
CPA Wales Assistant Branch Secretary
Welsh Parliament

Joined the Commonwealth: 19 November 1926

CPA Branch Formed: 1 January 2000

Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral – Welsh Parliament (60)

Parliament/Legislature website: click here

Standing Orders: Parliament


Number of Departmental/Ministry Oversight Committees: Currently 17 (these are not themed by department/Minister, instead each is allocated areas of responsibility. Between them are responsible for holding Government to account and scrutinising legislative proposals).

Names of House Management (such as Privileges or Procedure) Committees: Business Committee

Recent articles in The Parliamentarian:

Recent CPA Programmatic Activities/News:

  • In June 2023, the CPA Secretary-General visited the Welsh Parliament where he was welcomed by the Llywydd (Presiding Officer), the Deputy Presiding Officer and the Clerk of Parliament and met with Members of the CPA Wales Branch Executive Committee - click here to read the news story
  • In February 2021 Rhianon Passmore MS and Suzy Davies MS participated in the virtual CWP Regional Conference. On 1 March, Joyce Watson MS contributed towards the CPA UK virtual roundtable discussion, on the topic of best practice for legislation and implementation protecting women from violence across the Commonwealth.
  • Several of CPA Wales’ Members and officials participated in the virtual Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change, hosted by CPA UK.
  • CPA Wales Branch Members have also participated in CPA technical training programmes, including CPA Post-Election Seminars and workshops with the Parliaments of Lesotho, Sierra Leone and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • On 6 May 2021 Wales went to the polls for the Welsh Parliament elections – the first to be held since the passing of the Senedd and Elections Wales Act – which extended the franchise to 16 & 17 year olds as well as eligible foreign nationals.

Key Facts

CPA Branch Formed
01 Sep 1999
Voting Age
First Parliament
01 Jul 1999
Seat of Parliament