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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. She has particular responsibility for policy and for the development and management of CLGF’s capacity building projects and relationships across the Commonwealth. She coordinates the work of CLGF’s programme offices in Fiji, South Africa, Ghana, India and Sri Lanka.

Before working for the CLGF, Lucy Slack worked for the Local Government International Bureau, and 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, and as a teacher of English in a school in Hungary.

She has a BA in German and Politics from the University of Bradford.


Sue Rhodes

Director of Communications

Sue is responsible for CLGF’s communications including corporate branding, CLGF’s website, social media, publications and the bi-ennial Commonwealth Local Government Conference. Sue specialises in communications and media linked to local government and international policy development; she has many years of experience in the public sector, working for UK local authorities including Lewisham and Thurrock councils, LGAs and government and international organisations. 
A graduate in mathematics from Queen Mary College, University of London, Sue’s post-graduate work in Russian Studies at the University of Birmingham resulted in a scholarship to study for a year at Moscow University. Sue is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the National Union of Journalists.


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

 

 


Claudia Bultman

Executive Manager, SG's Office

Claudia Bultman joined CLGF in March 2012 providing executive support to the Secretary-General, the CLGF Board and Executive Committee and HQ. 
Prior to joining CLGF, Claudia worked at the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) for five years as the Manager in the CEO’s office as well as supporting the Chairman. Previous employers including Stanton Marris LLP, Jacobs Engineering Consultancy, Institute of Healthcare Management and The Labour Party. 
Claudia graduated from London South Bank University in 2008 with a MA in Management and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute. She also gained a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Westminster in 1990.

 

Claire Frost

Programme Officer

Claire is primarily involved in 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 ‘Supporting decentralisation and local economic development’ which works in South Asia, Southern Africa and West Africa at the regional, country and local level, 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) which during her time with the team produced multi-region report 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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