Senior Leadership Team

Find out about the officers of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and their responsibilities.

The senior leadership team of officers is appointed by the members of the Combined Authority. The role of officers is to serve the Combined Authority in providing advice, implementing its policies and delivering services to the local community.

The senior leadership team of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is headed by the Managing Director, with each of the Directors having clearly defined areas of responsibility.

Information on who is a part of the democratic leadership of the Combined Authority can be found on our democracy and governance pages.

Managing Director, Ben Still

This role is designated as the Head of Paid Service for the Combined Authority with overall responsibility for the management and coordination of the officer body of the Authority, including ensuring that the Authority has the appropriate level of resources and capabilities required to discharge the Authority’s functions. The Managing Director leads a senior team of Directors in providing leadership and vision for the Authority. In particular, the Managing Director is responsible for coordinating strategy, development and delivery with Members of the Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership and partner councils to ensure that the Authority’s corporate priorities are actively progressed and its objectives delivered on time and effectively to meet the requirements of the Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership and to deliver on the aspirations for West Yorkshire and York.

Director of Corporate Services, Angela Taylor

Angela is responsible for leading and directing the delivery of all corporate services including Legal and Governance Services, Human Resources, ICT, Finance, Business Planning and Health and Safety, and to act as the statutory Section 73 Financial Officer for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Director of Policy of Strategy and Communications, Alan Reiss

Alan is responsible for defining, developing and securing appropriate economic, transport and related policy and strategy for the Leeds City Region. To lead in securing funding and powers from Central Government in support of the devolution agenda.

Director of Transport Services, Dave Pearson

Dave is responsible for leading and directing the development and delivery of all transport services.

Director of Delivery, Melanie Corcoran

Melanie is responsible for defining, developing and implementing all programme and project processes for the Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Executive Head of Economic Services, Henry Rigg (Interim)

Henry is responsible for providing strategic leadership on the delivery of all economic services - skills and employment, business growth/competitiveness, and international trade and investment.

Monitoring Officer, Caroline Allen

This role is filled by Caroline Allen, Head of Legal and Governance Services

This is a statutory appointment responsible for reporting to the Combined Authority in any case where they are of the opinion that any proposal, decision or omission of the Authority, its committees or subcommittees or anyone employed by the Authority is, or is likely to be, illegal or to constitute maladministration. The Monitoring Officer also has a range of functions relating to the conduct of members including responsibility for the register of members and officers interests and responsibility for the suite of governance documents of the Authority. The Monitoring Officer is also the Head of Legal and Governance and is responsible for ensuring that the service delivers high quality and effective legal advice and committee support to the Authority.

The Monitoring Officer can be reached by email here or in writing at: 

Monitoring Officer 
Legal and Governance Services
West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Wellington House
40-50 Wellington Street
Leeds
LS1 2DE