Who We Are


Based in the heart of the UK Parliament, CPA UK has worked to support and strengthen parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth since our establishment in 1911.

Working with over 60 countries and jurisdictions across the Commonwealth our approach of peer to peer learning is central to our methodology. We design bespoke programmes and projects between parliamentarians and staff in the UK and other Commonwealth parliaments to enable and facilitate knowledge-sharing and development of good-practice.

Our programmes are intended to achieve improved parliamentary oversight, scrutiny and representation.

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 independent and equal sovereign states.

It is home to 2.4 billion people and over 60% of these are under 30. Leaders of the Commonwealth meet every 2 years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.

Commonwealth nations work together to implement our shared values and principles which are in the Commonwealth Charter.

"CPA UK carries out important work to strengthen the bonds between our Parliament and others around the world...One of the Commonwealth's great strengths is its human networks and the many associated organisations that work outside the government. The links between Commonwealth parliamentarians are an excellent example of this."

Rt Hon. Theresa May MP, former UK Prime Minister and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office


Our Vision

Inclusive, representative and transparent Commonwealth Parliaments that are fully effective in enforcing the accountability of the executive and representing the interests and concerns of the electorate.


Our Mission

To support and strengthen Commonwealth parliaments to deliver effective oversight, scrutiny and representation of their governments.


Our Purpose

To learn from and strengthen Commonwealth parliaments to deliver effective oversight, scrutiny and representation.

British Islands and Mediterranean Region

CPA Branches are divided into nine geographic regions, and each region engages in its own programme of activities. The Regions are: Africa, Asia, Australia, British Islands and Mediterranean (BIM), Canada, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic (CAA), India, Pacific, South-East Asia. 

CPA UK is part of the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) and also serves as its Secretariat. 

Along with CPA UK, the other branches that make up CPA BIMR are: AlderneyCyprusFalkland IslandsGibraltar, Guernsey, The Isle of ManJerseyMaltaNorthern Ireland, St Helena, Scotland and Wales

More information about CPA BIMR, including recent programmes and useful resources, can be found here.


By virtue of our position in the UK Parliament, CPA UK has two Co-Presidents in the form of the presiding officers of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is made up of 20 parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The current Executive Committee was elected at a CPA UK Special General Meeting (SGM), which took place on 28 January 2020.

Our Executive Committee are trustees of our charity and directors of our company, providing oversight and advice on the strategic direction of our work and ensuring we are foremost an 'organisation of parliamentarians for parliamentarians'.   

Members of Staff

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Sarah Dickson

Chief Executive

Helen Haywood

Deputy Chief Executive

Ruth Pope

Head of Multilateral Projects Team

Victoria Bower

Head of International Partnerships Team

Jane Ajao

HR Advisor

Adeline Dumoulin

Modern Slavery Project Manager & Deputy Head of Multilateral Projects

Martin Vickery

Deputy Head of International Partnerships Team

Diana Atungire-Ocaya

Strategic Lead, UK Overseas Territories Project

Zahra Soolagh

Security & Cyber Security Strategic Lead

Matthew Hamilton

Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Maureen Allanah

Finance Manager

Jacob Loose

Africa Programme Manager

Josephine Jengo

Women in Parliament Strategic Lead

Rahel Kibru

Trade Strategic Lead

Axell Kaubo

Public Accounts Committees Strategic Lead

Lawrence Purnell Prynn

Communications Manager

Christopher Brown

Americas, Caribbean & Europe Programme Manager

Josh Drake

Asia Pacific Programme Manager

Selsabil Amine

Communications Officer

Seyi Afolabi

Executive Officer

Indy Ruprai

Finance & Administration Officer

Tamika McAuley-Christopher

Programme Officer, UK Overseas Territories Project

Imogen Richards

Project Officer

Luke Fearon

Programme Officer, UK Overseas Territories Project

Jake Moran

Project Officer

Magdalene El Beleidi

Programme Officer

Jack Manners

Communications and Reporting Officer

Adeola Gbakinro

Programme Officer

Bethan Thomas

Project Officer

Nicky Davis

Programme Officer, UK Overseas Territories Project

Hammal Dostain

Project Assistant, UK Overseas Territories Project

Charlotte Geary

Project Assistant

Catherine Ashworth

Project Assistant