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.

The Board will meet quarterly. Details of planned meetings are shown below.  Meetings are webcast and open to the public to attend. View the Agendas and Minutes.

  • Friday 3 November 2017, 11.00-13.00 Trelawney Room, County Hall, Truro
  • Friday 26 January 2018, 14.00-16.00 Trelawney Room, County Hall, Truro
  • Friday 20 April 2018, 14.00-16.00 Trelawney Room, County Hall, Truro