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Dr Greg Munro

Secretary-General

 

Dr Greg Munro became Secretary-General of CLGF on 1 August 2016. His role is to lead the organisation in meeting the challenges of localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delivering a comprehensive programme for CLGF’s members in promoting local democracy and decentralisation and tackling key issues for local government internationally, working with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other partners. Dr Munro has wide international and local government experience: he was previously Associate Director at the International HIV AIDS Alliance and has extensive knowledge of working internationally on developmental issues, including interaction with governments and donors at senior level. He had previously worked with UNAIDS, the World Bank, and as local government official at executive level in in Cape Town and Durban.


Lucy Slack

Deputy Secretary-General

Lucy Slack is the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, having worked for the organisation since 1999. She is responsible for policy, which contributes to the strategic direction of the organisation, and takes a leading role in the development and management of CLGF’s capacity building projects. Her specific areas of expertise are decentralisation, intergovernmental frameworks, local economic development, local government finance and inclusive local government. She is responsible for managing the work of CLGF’s programme and relationship-building and advocacy work with members and partners across the Commonwealth. She directs the work of CLGF’s regional offices in Fiji, South Africa, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been pivotal in the design and management of CLGF’s biennial Commonwealth Local Government conferences.
 
Before CLGF, Lucy Slack worked for the Local Government International Bureau (the international section of the Local Government Association for England and Wales) where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of a UK, government-funded programme of support to local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked for a number of years in the planning and economic development department of a local authority, before which she was living and working overseas. She has a BA in German and Politics from the University of Bradford.

 


 

Susan Handley

Communications Manager (interim)

Susan Handley is responsible for CLGF’s communications, including corporate branding, the website, social media and publications. Susan specialises in communications and media linked to local government and international policy development. Her many years of experience in the public sector include working for UK local authorities (London borough of Southwark and Central Bedfordshire), the Local Government Association for England and Wales and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

 

Susan has a degree in German from Birkbeck College, UCL and, for ten years, advised councils on international partnerships and strategies. She represented the LGA on several national, European and international working groups, taking on communications management after writing and editing several publications, including a handbook on international links; designing and managing externally-funded capacity building projects in various countries; and speaking at events/delivering training to promote international projects on a range of local government issues. She was an internal communications adviser at the FCO.


Sam Tekyi-Berto

Director of Finance

 

Sam joined CLGF in 2001. He is responsible for managing the organisation's finances and budgeting.


Dzifa Tay

HR and Finance Manager/Membership

 

 


 

Emma Fowler

Administrative Executive 

Emma is the executive assistant to Greg Munro. She has previously worked in the peace-building sector and studied Law, followed by International Law. Whilst studying Emma volunteered as a Refugee and Asylum Seeker Caseworker for the British Red Cross, as well as setting up a small project which worked to empower young people in the areas of globalisation, human rights and climate change.

 

Claire Frost

Programme Manager

Claire is a core member of the CLGF Programmes Team developing funding proposals, interfacing with donors and partners and supporting CLGF projects at the regional and country level including design, development and delivery with an emphasis on monitoring and evaluation. She currently coordinates CLGF’s DFID funded programme Reducing poverty through local economic development (LED) in the Commonwealth working in Southern Africa, West Africa and South Asia at the regional, country and local level; and the EU funded project Empowering Local Authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development outcomes working in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific on localising the SDGs. She is also a member of the team managing the Commonwealth Women in Local Government Network (ComWLG) working to support work in local politics and decision making, as well as supporting CLGF’s Strategic Partnership with the European Union, Cities Alliance and PLATFORMA among other partners.

 

Prior to joining CLGF she worked as a Programme Officer with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Barcelona on the GOLD project (Global Observatory of Local Democracy and Decentralisation) and during her time with the team produced multi-region reports on local government finance and local government service provision. She has a Masters degree in urban planning and a BA in communications.


Gareth Wall

Research Officer

Gareth oversees CLGF’s research and knowledge management activities, including coordinating the Research Advisory Group, organising the biennial research colloquium and managing the Commonwealth Journal of Local Government and Knowledge Hub. Gareth’s work focuses on ensuring good practice lessons from CLGF work and membership inform policy and practice across the forum. Gareth is concurrently studying a part time PhD from University of Birmingham and the Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata.
Before working for the CLGF, Gareth worked at the Universities of Bath and Liverpool and has a BA (hons) in Philosophy University of Liverpool, MSc Poverty Reduction and Development Management (International) from the University of Birmingham, and an MPhil on Applied Economics from JNU, Delhi through the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.


Chaminda Kevitiyagala

Finance Officer

Chaminda oversees the accounting and bookkeeping at CLGF, including supporting the registration and payment for the CLGF conferences and events. 
Chaminda has an extensive number of experiences as well as academic and professional qualifications in the UK and Sri Lanka. Chaminda is currently pursuing the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA course and has accounting experience in Sri Lanka and the UK.  Chaminda has worked for Friends of The Elderly, Regis Mutual Management as well as the Heritage Group before joining CLGF.

 



CLGF Pacific
 

Karibaiti Taoaba

Regional Director, CLGF Pacific

Karibaiti first joined CLGF in November 2006 as a Senior Project Officer based at the Pacific office in Suva, Fiji. She became Regional Director in 2009 and has overall responsibility for CLGF Pacific in achieving its strategic vision and outcomes including planning, resourcing and staffing.


Before joining CLGF, Karibaiti worked for the Government of Kiribati for 18 years at middle and senior positions. She served as Permanent Secretary for three ministries in Kiribati which included the President's Office (1996-1998), the Ministry of Environment and Social Development (1998 - 2003) and the Ministry of Internal and Social Development (2003 - 2006). As Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs, Karibaiti had oversight for the overall implementation of policies and administration in local government, support services to 22 island councils and 3 urban councils, decentralisation and rural development for all island councils in Kiribati. Karibaiti was in charge of the Electoral Commission and the national and local government elections in Kiribati from 2003 to 2006.

 

Karibaiti holds a BA in Administration and Politics from the University of the South Pacific and an MSc (Human Resource Development) from Victoria University, Manchester, UK.

 


CLGF Southern Africa

 

Nyasha Simbanegavi

Regional Programme Manager, Southern Africa

Nyasha is responsible for leading the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of the Southern Africa Regional programme which seeks to support CLGF members to localise the Sustainable Development Goals. Nyasha coordinates and supports country projects in the region as well as facilitating regional peer-to-peer learning.  Before being promoted to Regional Programme Manager, Nyasha worked as a Governance Officer and Project Coordinator for CLGF projects in Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively. Prior to joining CLGF, Nyasha worked for the Housing People of Zimbabwe, a housing NGO and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.
Nyasha has a Masters in Public Administration: International Development from University of York, Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management from Nottingham Trent University and a Bachelor of Science Sociology Honours from the University of Zimbabwe.


 

CLGF Asia

 

Anuya Kuwar

Regional Programme Officer, Asia

Anuya has been working with CLGF over a decade managing various donor-funded programmes in the South Asia region. A postgraduate in Social Work from the University of Mumbai, Anuya started her career by working with renowned Child Rights organizations in India. 

 

 

CLGF Caribbean

 

Sandra Singh

Programme Officer, Caribbean

Sandra has extensive experience in the Local Government sector with an aggregate of 16 years in managing regional and national Local Government Associations. Sandra pioneered the establishment of the Caribbean Association - CALGA and served as its Senior Technical Officer in the EU funded ARIAL Programme, which was designed to strengthen Local Government Associations in the ACP bloc of countries. Her experience in the Local Government sector includes conceiving, developing, and managing projects aimed at developmental Local Government. 


 

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