Mr Tim Crookall MLC has returned from Darwin, Australia after representing the Isle of Man, a British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) CPA Small Branch member, at the mid-year meetings of the CPA Executive Committee.
Hosted by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for the Northern Territory Ms Kezia Purick MLA, the meeting brought together more than 30 Commonwealth parliamentarians to share experiences and advance parliamentary strengthening and good governance.
Reflecting on the series of meetings Mr Crookall, who attended on behalf of the CPA Executive Committee chairman the Rt. Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, said: ‘The Isle of Man is highly respected as an active and innovative CPA Small Branch member, so it was a privilege to be invited to attend and to stand in for such a senior parliamentarian as Sir Alan, a leading figure on the CPA finance committee; I was also pleased to have discussions with the CPA Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan.
‘Although CPA branches, big and small, share many similar challenges it’s always important to meet with and learn from parliamentarians from other jurisdictions.’
Mr Crookall explained that responding to the aspirations of a diversity of legislatures and the Commonwealth as an agent of change were recurring themes during the meetings. He continued: ‘I contributed to discussions on shaping future CPA policy, financial oversight issues and developing new career and training opportunities. We hope that measures such as these will strengthen and modernise parliaments and ultimately lead to a more resilient Commonwealth parliamentary community.’
Mr Crookall is pictured with his fellow delegation members back row, fifth from left. To his right stands CPA Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan