The Combined Authority is chaired by the Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, and is made up of the leaders and Mayor from the three councils in the region – Bath & North East Somerset (Leader, Cllr Tim Warren), Bristol City Council (Mayor Marvin Rees) and South Gloucestershire Council (Leader, Cllr Toby Savage). The Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Professor Steve West, also attends committee meetings.
The Joint Committee is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The WECA Overview & Scrutiny Committee is made up of 11 members from the across the Combined Authority region and is chaired by Cllr Stephen Clarke (Bristol City Council). It holds powers to review or scrutinise the work of WECA and the discharge of its functions and make reports or recommendations on these or other matters which affect inhabitants of the WECA area. Where the business of the Local Enterprise Partnership relates to the discharge of functions of WECA, the Committee holds these powers also.
North Somerset Councillors sit alongside the Committee to consider Joint Committee items.
The Audit Committee comprises 12 people, 11 members from the three constituent authorities of WECA, and one independent member. The role of the Audit Committee is to provide independent assurance to the Combined Authority on its governance, internal control and risk management arrangements and to oversee the statutory financial reporting process.
The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a public private partnership that covers the four unitary authorities of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol City Council, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. Its purpose is to influence, advise and support strategic activities which deliver or have a beneficial impact on inclusion economic growth, job creation and quality of life in the West of England region.