Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board

In July 2015, Cornwall became the first rural area to achieve a Devolution Deal with Government and remains the only place in the country so far with a comprehensive Deal that does not require a directly elected mayor. However, it made clear that any further devolution would require a strengthening of local governance to meet the Government’s ambition for visible and accountable leadership.

In July 2016, a comprehensive independent Governance review took place. The independent external panel, the Governance Review External Group (GREG) published its report in September 2016, making the case for strengthened and collaborative strategic leadership and governance of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly:

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‘The biggest challenge moving forward is the ability of partners to work towards the needs of Cornwall as a whole rather than those of constituent organisations’

‘At a national level, Cornwall is perceived more strongly when organisations speak as one rather than as individual entities’

The report recommended establishing a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board to formally bring together the political leadership of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Councils, the Chairs of the key strategic partnerships and the non-executive Chairs of partner organisations.

The Board provides collective leadership of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, progressing shared ambitions for the area and working together to tackle issues and challenges.

Through the Board, we have the opportunity to strengthen the voice of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – regionally, nationally and to Government – speaking as one on issues of common interest, concern or relevance. 

The Board also provides the platform for advancing work to strengthen regional links between Cornwall and the rest of the South West.

Devolution will be another important focus for the Board, overseeing delivery of the existing Cornwall Deal and providing direction on priorities for future devolution from central government.

  • Julian German - Leader of Cornwall Council (Chair)
  • Robert Francis - Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly (Vice Chair)
  • Adam Paynter - Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council
  • Linda Taylor - Leader of the Conservative Group on Cornwall Council (the largest opposition group)
  • Alison Hernandez - Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Helen Price - Chair of Cornwall Association of Local Councils
  • Mark Duddridge - Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Kevin Gaston - Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership
  • Rob Rotchell - Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Adults
  • Chris Blong - Deputy Chair NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Toby Parkins - President of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Plus representation from one of the region’s Members of Parliament

The Board will meet quarterly. Meetings are webcast and open to the public to attend. View the Agendas and Minutes.