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.
Peter Wardle spent over ten 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.
Alistair Doherty worked as a Deputy Principal Clerk in the House of Commons for over 30 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.
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 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.
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.
Fazela has 20 years experience in the parliamentary and legislative sector, serving as the Registrar for Members Interests in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa for 19 years.
Fazela was the lead official in parliamentary and legislative ethics for 19 years in the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. During her tenure, she assisted many provincial legislatures and municipalities to establish integrity frameworks and assisted them to implement their ethical codes. After her departure from parliament, Fazela was appointed as Integrity Commissioner to the North West Provincial Legislature in South Africa. Fazela was part of the transition process in the initial years of South Africa’s democracy and has an in-depth understanding of building a democratic parliament in periods of transition.
Iain has more than 12 years’ experience working with political parties around the world, based in the US, Ireland, UK and Belgium.
Iain has a strong track record of managing and delivering high quality capacity-building projects for political parties in Africa, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. A personable and motivated communicator, Iain is adept at building strategic trust based-relationships on a national, international and government level. He is an experienced political trainer with skills in technical assistance relating to campaigns, policy development, internal party democracy, communication strategies and the integration of young people, LGBT communities and women into party politics. From 2012-2016, he managed the Liberal Democrat International Office and spearheaded innovative and highly commended projects such as the Africa Liberal Network and South Africa Young Leaders Programme. Most recently, he has worked with NDI on their flagship project ‘21st Century Political Parties’, a new initiative to address the growing disconnect between political parties and citizens.
Sir Paul Silk
Sir Paul Silk has been a senior official in the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales, and was Chair of the Commission on Devolution in Wales.
Sir Paul Silk was educated at Oxford and Princeton Universities. House of Commons official 1975-7, 1979-2001 and 2007-11. Clerk of National Assembly for Wales 2001-7. Official in Northern Ireland Office 1977-9. Chair of Commission on Devolution to Wales 2011-4. Honorary Professor, Cardiff University 2011-6. Trustee of Hansard Society. Member of Parliamentary and Political Honours Committee. Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Appointed Knight Commander of the Bath 2015 for “services to devolution in, and the Parliaments of, the United Kingdom”.