The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) at Westminster is the largest and most active branch in the CPA. It now seeks a successor to Andrew Tuggey CBE as its new Chief Executive and Secretary - an exciting, responsible and demanding role in a busy and active office in the heart of Parliament.
The British parliamentary system is respected around the world as the benchmark for parliamentary democracy. The strength and robustness of democratic institutions and procedures is crucial at any time, but there is no doubt that the current global political climate represents a particularly stimulating context in which to lead an organisation that is committed to such an important endeavour. The Chief Executive & Secretary will be a key figure in promoting good practice abroad and will act as a champion of Westminster values across the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s 180 branches. Working with parliamentarians and their staff, UK civil servants, INGOs and civil society, the appointee will have a unique opportunity to positively influence the future of the Commonwealth at a time of unprecedented change in both UK and global politics, having a transformative impact on the way Commonwealth governments are held accountable to their electorates. By leveraging CPA UK’s position as a leading advocate for good governance, the new Chief Executive can make a significant contribution towards improving the effectiveness of democratic society.
Managing a dynamic team of approximately 30 and reporting to the CPA UK Executive Committee, the appointee will have wide ranging responsibility for setting strategic priorities for the organisation that will allow CPA UK to maximise its reach and to fulfil its mission of promoting effective parliamentary democracy worldwide. He or she will also act as Secretary to the British Islands & Mediterranean Region of the CPA. The successful candidate will be an outstanding individual and leader, possessing significant credibility amongst international peers, and demonstrable sensitivity and skill in dealing with a breadth of key stakeholders.
CPA UK’s purpose is to strengthen parliamentary democracy and good governance in parliaments, legislatures and other democratically elected institutions. With core funding of some £1.8 million from Parliament and the ability to leverage and bid for additional programme funding from HM Government and elsewhere, CPA UK undertakes international parliamentary outreach on behalf of the UK Parliament and the wider CPA. It delivers a unique set of parliamentary diplomacy and strengthening programmes at Westminster and overseas.
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