Below are commonly asked questions about the structure of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and how it is run.

What is a 'combined authority'?

A combined authority is a type of local government body set up by legislation that allows a group of councils to voluntarily work together across council boundaries over a wider area where it makes sense to do so, such as in economic regeneration and transport services.

Our constituent councils are: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. York is also a non-constituent member.

Who governs the West Yorkshire Combined Authority?

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is a democratically-led authority and is governed by a cross-party, politically balanced group of elected councillors nominated by each of our partner councils: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York.

Read more information on what combined authorities are and what they do

The Chair of the Combined Authority

This group of members then elect one of their number to be the Chair of the Combined Authority. The current Chair of the Combined Authority is Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe. 

The Chair of the private-sector led Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is also a member of the Combined Authority. This is currently Roger Marsh OBE.

Read more information about local enterprise partnerships and what they do

Members of the Combined Authority

The current members of the Combined Authority for the 2019/20 municipal year are:



Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe  (Chair)  

Councillor Imran Khan  

Councillor Tim Swift MBE  (Vice Chair)  

Councillor Jane Scullion  

Councillor Keith Aspden

Councillor Andy D'Agorne

Councillor Judith Blake CBE    

Councillor James Lewis  

Councillor Peter Box CBE    

Councillor Denise Jeffery  

Councillor Stewart Golton    

Councillor John Lawson  

Councillor David Hall    

Councillor Geraldine Carter

Roger Marsh OBE    

Professor Bob Cryan CBE  

Councillor Shabir Pandor    

Councillor Peter McBride

Councillor John Pennington    

Councillor Rebecca Poulsen 

Committees, panels and meetings

There are a number of committees, panels and boards that look specifically at certain areas like transport, investment, communities and housing, business and innovation, employment and skills, the environment and inclusive growth.

We are committed to transparency and all of these meetings are held in public and the agendas, reports and minutes are all published. You can also access agenda packs and minutes from past meetings for further information on what has been decided.

Visit our committee section to see a list of these committees and their members and access agenda packs, reports, decision summaries, minutes and the forward plan of key decisions.

Scrutiny and accountability

The Combined Authority has an independent committee of elected councillors known as the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which acts as a 'check and balance' and provides challenge to the Combined Authority and its partners and holds them to account for the policies they adopt, the money they spend and the services they provide.