WFD Associates provide strategic advice and direction to ensure that our programmes are innovative and responsive to the needs of countries transitioning to democracy. Associates carry out programme activities, contribute to business development opportunities, and represent and promote the WFD brand.

Peter Wardle

Peter Wardle spent over 10 years as Chief Executive of the United Kingdom’s independent Electoral Commission.

During that time, the Electoral Commission exercised oversight over three UK general elections and other major elections and referendums, including the 2014 referendum on independence for Scotland. Peter was involved in major changes to the electoral registration system and the framework for campaign finance regulation. He has a range of international elections experience, particularly in European and Commonwealth countries. Before joining the Electoral Commission he worked in a range of senior roles in the UK civil service, including the Inland Revenue and Cabinet Office. He spent 8 years as a non-executive director of his local district general hospital, and 8 years as an independent member of a large housing provider’s audit and risk committee.

Tina Fahm

Tina Fahm leads a global consulting firm and has over 30 years’ experience in governance and strategic leadership, including nine years on WFD’s board.

Tina is a Commissioner for the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI), Governor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Lay Chair at Kings College NHS Foundation Trust. Tina holds a BA Hons in Philosophy and Politics, MSc in Politics and Administration. She is a Fellow of the RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Alistair Doherty

Alistair Doherty worked as a Deputy Principal Clerk in the House of Commons for over thirty years.

Alistair has extensive experience of parliamentary committees’ oversight of government, legislative processes and parliamentary procedure. He also worked as Presidential Adviser to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Originally from Warrington, Alistair studied history at Southampton University and St Antony’s College, Oxford. Since 2012 he has worked extensively on parliamentary strengthening projects, rules revision and staff training in Africa, including francophone countries, countries of the former Soviet Union and South Asia.

Roger Phillips

Roger Phillips is currently Clerk of Tynwald, Secretary of the House of Keys and Counsel to the Speaker; Registrar of Members’ Interests (Tynwald).

Roger has almost 30 years’ experience in parliamentary procedure and administration. Before joining Tynwald, he was a House of Commons Clerk and Joint Secretary of Association of Secretaries General of Parliament. Roger remains the Branch Secretary for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the Isle of Man.  Roger has extensive experience advising on parliamentary affairs worldwide, including Canada (North-western Territories), Kenya, Laos, Namibia, Pakistan,  Sierra Leone and Turks and Caicos. A graduate of University College London, Roger was called to the bar in 1978.

John Stewart

John Stewart is a former Director of Clerking and Reporting and Director of Information and Outreach at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

John has over twenty years’ experience as a senior manager in health and social care, a devolved legislature, higher education and the charity sector. From 2008-12, he was Director of Clerking and Reporting at the Northern Ireland Assembly, with responsibility for committees, legislation, plenary and the official report.  From 2012-15, John was Director of Information and Outreach at the Northern Ireland Assembly, with responsibility for research, information technology, communications, outreach and equality. John Stewart was educated at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University (MA in Business Strategy).


Rob Clements

Rob Clements has 35 years experience in senior roles in the House of Commons. 

Rob Clements headed the House of Commons Research Service from 2000 to 2009 and subsequently had overall responsibility for information services for both MPs and the public. He played a leading role in developing the House’s strategic approach to improving engagement with the public. He has extensive experience of assisting Parliaments in other countries to develop their research and information services. He has a degree from the University of Cambridge in Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.