Who We Are

CPA UK

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.

"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, UK Prime Minister and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 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.

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

Three Regional Representatives from each CPA Region sit on the international CPA Executive Committee. The current BIMR representatives are:

Patron and Co-Presidents

Our Honorary Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II as Head of the Commonwealth. 

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. 

Our Chair-of-the-Branch, an ex-officio role, is always given to the sitting UK Prime Minister. 

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 CPA UK's 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM), which took place on 19 June.  

Our Executive Committee are trustees of our charity and directors of our company and provide oversight and advice in the strategic direction of our work and to ensure we are foremost an 'organisation of parliamentarians for parliamentarians'.   

Members of Staff

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