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Wilton Park Advisory Council (WPAC)

Purpose of the Advisory Council

The Wilton Park Advisory Council (WPAC) is led by the Chair of the main Wilton Park Board. Its task is to support Wilton Park programme development and to ensure it meets the highest intellectual standards and maintains its reputation as a global centre of excellence.

Membership

The Council consists of a wide range of experienced individuals drawn from members of parliament, the academic world, the media, trade unions, business, non-governmental organisations and institutions concerned with international relations.

Members are appointed for three years with the possibility of a second three year term. Open advertisements are placed in the press to attract new WPAC members.

The appointments are made by a panel including the Chair of the Wilton Park Board, on the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Membership is not remunerated but reasonable travel and other expenses are reimbursed.

Responsibilities

Collectively

  • Advise the Chair and the Chief Executive on the strategic direction of the Wilton Park programme;
  • Provide practical experience, contacts and advice on partnerships with other organisations, including potential sources of intellectual support and revenue generation; and
  • Provide advice and challenge to the FCDO as necessary.

Individual members

  • Advise the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Programme Directors on issues relevant to the Advisory Council member’s experience and expertise;
  • Participate in appropriate conferences; and
  • Promote awareness and support for Wilton Park within their professional networks; assisting in the identification of speakers and participants for individual events and help identify sources of funding.

The Advisory Council meets formally once a year and as sub groups focused on specific issues or topics. Members are also expected to be available for individual discussions, attendance at conferences, and consultation by telephone.

Advisory Council members

Ex-officio members

Representatives from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO):

  • Helen Bower-Easton CBE, FCDO Director of Communication and Wilton Park’s Senior Departmental Officer and member of the Wilton Park Board
  • Melinda Bohannon, Strategy Director, FCDO
  • Chris Allan, Director, DIT