Commonwealth Local Government Forum
CLGF Board and Patrons 2023-25*
 
The Board is the main decision-making body of CLGF and meets formally, once a year. The members of the Board are elected by the general CLGF membership at the biennial General Meeting, which normally takes place alongside CLGF’s biennial conference. The Board is composed of representatives of local government associations, ministries of local government and local councils, with two seats reserved for associated members. The Secretary-General, the Honorary Treasurer and the Secretary-General Emeritus are ex-officio members of the Board. 


The Board elects a chairperson, who is always a representative of local government, and two vice-chairpersons: one from local government and one from central government. CLGF aims to ensure a geographical balance in these positions through regular rotation.

 

 

Chairperson

Mayor Bernard Wagner, Belize Mayors Association, Belize.

Vice-chairpersons

Hon Georges Elanga Obam, Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, Cameroon.
Hon David Alabi Kolade, President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria.

 

Members 

Africa:

EAST

Cllr Riachard Rwabuhinga, President, Uganda Association of Local Government Authorities (ULGA), Uganda.

VACANT *** Vacant.

Hon Jean Claude Musabyimana, Minister, Ministry of local Government, Rwanda.

VACANT *** Vacant.

 

SOUTHERN

Hon Dr Samuel !Oe-Amseb, Association of Local Authorities, Namibia.

Cllr Florah Mpetsane, President Botswana Association of Local Authorities. ***

Hon Gary G Nkombo MP, Minister for Local Government and Rural Government, Zambia.

Hon Appolo Maphalala, Minister, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (TBC). ***

 

WEST

Hon David Alabi Kolade, President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria.

Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang-Prempeh, President, National Association of Local Authorities (NALAG), Ghana. ***

Hon Georges Elanga Obam, Minister, Ministry of Decentralisation and Local Development, Cameroon.

Hon Tamba Lamina, Minister, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Sierra Leone. ***

 

Americas:

Mayor Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City, Belize.

Cllr Adanna Griffith-Gordon, Interim Chairperson, Women’s Arm, Association of Local Government Authorities (TTALGA), Trinidad and Tobago. ***

VACANT Vacant

Cllr Yoland Jno Jules, Chairperson, Dominica Association of Local Community Authorities, (DALCA), Dominica. ***

Hon Richard Frederick, Minister, Ministry of Local Government, St Lucia.

Minister, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Guyana. ***

Hon Desmond McKenzie, Minister, Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Jamaica.

Hon Faris Al Rawi, Minister, Ministry of Rural Development and local Government, Trinidad and Tobago. ***

 

Asia-Pacific:

ASIA 

Mr Dewan Kamal Ahmed, President, Municipal Association of Bangladesh.

Alternate *** Vacant

Hon Shri Kapil Moreshwar Patil, Minister of State, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, India.

Hon Nga Kor Ming, Minister, Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Malaysia. ***

 

PACIFIC

Cllr Sam Broughton, President, Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). 

Alternate *** Vacant

Hon Boutu Bateriki, Minister of Internal Affairs, Kiribati. 
Alternate: vacant

 

Europe:

 

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Local Government Association of England and Wales, UK. 

Alternate: vacant ***

Hon Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government, Malta.
Minister for Housing, Employment, Youth & Sport, Gibraltar. *** 

 

Members at large

Chief Cllr Frazette Gibson, Bahamas Association of Local Government Authorities, Bahamas.

Cllr Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, Chairperson, Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities.

Cllr Xola Pakati, Deputy President, SALGA South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA). 

 

Co-opted members

Hon Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, the Bahamas.

Kgotla Kenneth Autlwetse Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Botswana.

Vacant

Vacant

Vacant

 

Associate members

Dr Bhaskar Chakrabarti, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. 
VACANT  
Professor Eris Schoburgh, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the

West Indies, Jamaica.

Dr Philip Amis, International Development Dept. University of

Birmingham, UK. *** 
 

Ex-officio

Rev Mpho MW Moruakgomo, Botswana, Immediate Past Chairperson

Simon Baker, Hon Treasurer 
Lucy Slack, Secretary-General 

Dr Carl Wright, Secretary-General Emeritus

 

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is a sub-committee of the CLGF Board, established by the Board. It meets at least twice a year physically but up to four times a year virtually, and advises the Board on specific issues related to policy positions and budgets. The Executive Committee also monitors the implementation of the business plan, among other issues. It is composed of the CLGF Chairperson, the two Vice Chairpersons, up to 3 additional Board members in order to ensure representation from all the CLGF regions and types of member, and normally also a representative from the country hosting the next CLGF Conference. The Treasurer, the immediate past Chairperson and the Secretary-General are ex officio members of the Executive Committee, plus addditional Board members in order to ensure representation from all the CLGF regions and types of member; and normally a representative from the country hosting the next CLGF conference.

Chairperson

Mayor Bernard Wagner, Belize Mayors Association, Belize.

 

Vice chairs

Hon Georges Elanga Obam, Minister of Decentralisation and Local Development, Cameroon.
Hon David Alabi Kolade, President, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria.

 

Cllr Kevin Bentley, LGA, UK;

Cllr Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, RALGA, Rwanda;

Cllr Xola Pakati, SALGA, South Africa;

Mr Dewan Kamal Ahmed, Municipal Association of Bangladesh;

Hon Richard Frederick, Ministry of Local Government, St Lucia; and

Hon Minister of State, Ministry of Panchayati Raj India.

 

 

Simon Baker, Hon Treasurer UK (ex-officio)
Lucy Slack, Secretary-General (ex-officio)

 

 

Patrons

Rt Hon Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister and UNDP adminstrator.
Hon Kausea Natano, Prime Minister, Tuvalu

*** Alternate 

 

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