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Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Leadership Board

In July 2015, Cornwall became the first rural area to achieve a Devolution Deal with Government. Cornwall 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. This is 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 published its report in September 2016. The panel was called the Governance Review External Group (GREG). The report made 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. This was to formally bring together:

  • the political leadership of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Councils
  • the Chairs of the key strategic partnerships
  • the non-executive Chairs of partner organisations

The Board provides collective leadership of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It progresses shared ambitions for the area. It also works together to tackle issues and challenges.

Through the Board, we have the opportunity to strengthen the voice of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This is

  • regionally
  • nationally and
  • to Government

As a board we are 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. It will also provide direction on priorities for future devolution from central government.


  • Chris Blong - Deputy Chair NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group
  • 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
  • John Govett - Independent Chair Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership Senate
  • Fran Grottick - Vice Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly
  • Alison Hernandez - Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Toby Parkins - President of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
  • Adam Paynter - Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council and Chair of the Cornwall Health and Wellbeing Partnership
  • Helen Price - Chair of Cornwall Association of Local Councils
  • Rob Rotchell - Cornwall Council Portfolio holder for Adults
  • Linda Taylor - Leader of the Conservative Group on Cornwall Council (the largest opposition group)
  • 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.