Westminster Seminar Assistant

Seminar Assistant


The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch (CPA UK) works for good governance and parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth.  As part of its wider programme of outreach activities, it organises three major conferences/seminars each year at Westminster. 

From 6-13 March 2011 CPA UK will host its 60th Westminster Seminar at the Houses of Parliament in London.  The seminar will bring together over 60 parliamentarians and clerks from across the Commonwealth to explore key features of the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy. 

The event is a long-running, well-established professional development course for those working in parliaments, and is aimed in particular at those at the start of their parliamentary careers. 

Following on directly from the Westminster Seminar, CPA UK will also host an optional two-day symposium on the work of parliamentary committees on 14 and 15 March.  The workshop will be much smaller in size and will adopt a more “hands-on”, in-depth format.  

We seek an assistant to help with the organisation and running of both the seminar and the workshop.  Tasks are likely to include: international delegate liaison, venue logistics, arranging hospitality and transport, and collating seminar information for printing and distribution.  The assistant will also be required to take on other ad hoc tasks as they arise. 

Applicants should note there will be a clear emphasis on administrative work in this role.

The successful candidate will be able to display the following:


  • Interest in the UK Parliament and overseas legislatures
  • Ability to deal confidently with a variety of parliamentary and non-parliamentary contacts
  • Dedicated team player and ability to work in a small office
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including an excellent telephone manner
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Keen eye for detail, in particular when collating information from different sources and editing documents
  • Ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines 


  • Experience of using Excel to manage large amounts of data


£18,000.00 (pro rata)

Application process

The closing date for applications is 1200 on Wednesday 1 December 2010.  Interviews will be held on Friday 3 December and the successful candidate will be expected to start on Monday 6 December or as soon as possible thereafter.  The end date for this position is Friday 1 April 2011.

Please apply in writing with a CV and covering letter to:

Mr Andrew Tuggey DL
Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, London

Or by email to [email protected]