Ms Slack joined CLGF in 1996 as a Project Officer for the International Bureau of Local Governments (LGIB) and was appointed to the post of Deputy Secretary General in 2010. During this time, she successfully tendered and negotiated contracts. grants in pounds for UK government, European Commission, New Zealand and Australian governments, and United Nations CLGF programs for the most part. She has developed, managed and effectively executed multi-country pan-community, regional and national programs in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa and Asia. Her work in supporting CLGF’s policy and advocacy program has also led her to shape CLGF’s pan-community conference programs, identifying and briefing high-level speakers, including heads of government, and by leading staff teams at these events.
She is well known within the global development community, having worked closely with senior local and national policy makers and practitioners from across the Commonwealth and participated in many high profile events.
She is a director of Raleigh International and has an additional role as a non-executive director with the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU).
CLGF President Reverend Mpho MW Moruakgomo said: “I am delighted to confirm Lucy’s role in the management of CLGF. She not only has the personal knowledge, skills and competencies to lead the organization, but also an in-depth knowledge of the history of CLGF, its members and key issues affecting local government in the Commonwealth.
CLGF Patron Saint and former New Zealand Prime Minister, the Honorable Helen Clark, said: “Having worked with Lucy for several years, I know she will be extremely effective in this role and having been present at the launch of the Commonwealth Women in Local Government Network in 2017, I particularly welcome the appointment of a woman to this important and senior position.
CLGF Honorary Treasurer, Mr. Simon Baker, said: “She has the ability to manage both strategic and political issues and the practical requirements of the organization’s resource management in an optimal manner. I look forward to the continued success of CLGF.
Ms Slack said: ‘It is a great honor to lead an organization that I have been a part of for many years, and I look forward to the challenge of working with the local Commonwealth government on post-pandemic recovery, climate preparedness. and building resilience, and rapid urbanization, to name just a few of the challenges we face. I firmly believe in the role of local government and the importance of local democracy to support equitable development, and that “together we are stronger”.
The Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) is a powerful voice for democracy and sustainable development across the Commonwealth by focusing on advocacy, programming, knowledge sharing and research, and networking. It works closely with its members, who only include a range of local government actors: individual councils and cities; national and regional associations of local authorities; government ministries responsible for local administration; university and research institutions as well as individuals and professional organizations.
CLGF promotes the role and interests of local government and priorities include good governance and efficient service delivery; achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; decentralization, sustainable development and urbanization; empowerment of women, politically and economically; and local economic development. It is governed by a Council of Representatives made up of members representing each region of the Commonwealth.
In addition to staff in London, CLGF has regional and project offices in Fiji, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia and Zimbabwe .