Who We Are

The Sheffield City Region comprises the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the SCR Executive Team.

Many things that help unlock economic growth, such as transport, skills, infrastructure and business growth support are often best delivered at a wider level than individual local councils, but at a smaller level than national government. This is why we work together across a number of local council areas to support economic growth. Private sector leadership is also critical to the success of the local economy and the Sheffield City Region brings together public and private sector leaders to make decisions that drive economic growth and create new jobs.

Our Mayoral Combined Authority

The Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority is a formal membership of councils.

Formed in 2014, the constituent members of the Mayoral Combined Authority are Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils. The councils of Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales and Bolsover are ‘non-constituent’ members.

The Mayoral Combined Authority shapes policy and leads on decision-making.

On 4 May 2018, Dan Jarvis was elected as Mayor of the Sheffield City Region and became Chair of the Mayoral Combined Authority.

The meetings are held in public and are webcast.

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Our Local Enterprise Partnership Board

The purpose of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is:

  • to originate economic policy, author and maintain a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for the SCR and determine key funding priorities
  • to support the SCR Mayor in developing the Local Industrial Strategy
  • to ensure the SCR bids for public funding made available by government for LEPs in support of economic growth
  • to ensure SCR policy and decisions receive the input and views of key business leaders and take account of the views of the wider business community
  • to engage with local businesses to understand the needs of different sectors and markets
  • to engage business, opinion formers and policy makers at a national and international level in promoting economic growth in the region

The LEP Board meets on an eight-weekly cycle.

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Our Audit & Scrutiny Committees
Audit Committee Members

The Combined Authority’s Audit and Standards Committee provides a high-level focus on assurance and the organisation’s arrangements for governance, managing risk, maintaining an effective control environment, and reporting on financial and non-financial performance.

The terms of reference for the Committee can be found in the Constitution.

These meetings are open to the public and are webcast.

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Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee is a vital part of the Combined Authority’s decision making process. It has the responsibility to check that the Combined Authority and LEP is delivering its objectives and that the decisions made in policies, strategies and plans have been made in the best interests of the residents and workers of the local areas.

They also hold the Combined Authority and LEP to account and ensure that all aspects of the decision-making process are transparent, inclusive and fair. These meetings are open to the public and are webcast.

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Our SCR Executive Team

The Mayoral Combined Authority Board and Local Enterprise Partnership Board are supported by the SCR Executive Team which is based at 11 Broad Street West in Sheffield. The role of the SCR Executive Team is to lead on policy, strategy and commissioning for a small number of key priority workstreams on behalf of the public and private sectors within Sheffield City Region. Our Senior Management Team are:

Dr Dave Smith
Chief Executive

Dave is the most senior member of the Sheffield City Region Executive Team and started work with the team in February 2016. Dave takes overall responsibility for the executive functions of the SCR Mayoral Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership. Dave has held senior executive positions within Local Government for the past fifteen years, including seven years as Chief Executive of Sunderland City Council and senior positions at Liverpool City Council and Rotherham Council.

Dave has made a substantial contribution to the local authorities he has worked for and more widely at a regional and national level in a number of key strategic public-sector policy areas.

He has substantial leadership experience in the devolution agenda, integration of services and alternative forms of service delivery. His areas of expertise span corporate leadership, strategic finance, policy and performance, corporate affairs and communications, ICT, intelligence and smarter cities, elections, economic development and regeneration, health and social care. Email: dave.smith@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

Ruth Adams
Deputy Chief Executive

Ruth joined the SCR in 2012 with direct responsibility for the production of the Sheffield City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan and pioneering work on locally designed approaches to improving workforce skills.

In 2016 Ruth was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive for the SCR Executive Team with responsibility for corporate policy, research and intelligence, governance and strategic corporate affairs. Recently responsible for: employment and skills, business growth and inward investment

Ruth’s role also includes stewardship of the SCR’s capital and revenue budgets; ensuring the effective allocation of resources through robust programme appraisal, assurance and contracting functions.

Ruth was formerly the Director of Business Transition for the Regional Development Agency (RDA) and prior to this was the Assistant Director of Skills at Yorkshire Forward. Email: ruth.adams@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

Mark Lynam
Director – Transport, Infrastructure & Housing

Mark joined the SCR team in October 2016 and has responsibility for all aspects of the City Region’s work on transport, housing, infrastructure, planning and assets. This includes providing executive leadership for the City Region’s statutory Transport Strategy and the delivery of key strategic projects such as HS2 and the region’s engagement with Transport for the North.

Mark also has responsibility for driving forward the region’s approach to improving places, through SCR’s strategic housing and infrastructure programmes.

He has undertaken a number of senior roles within economic development and corporate policy for a range of local authorities, including Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Nottingham City Council, as well as being on the governing board of the Institute of Economic Development. Email: mark.lynam@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

Stephen Batey
Director – Mayor’s Office

Stephen joined the Sheffield City Region Executive Team in December 2018.  As the strategic lead for the Mayor’s Office he has responsibility for setting direction and providing oversight of all work undertaken on behalf of the Mayor.  His role spans policy and decision-making advice, strategic governance and overall delivery of the Mayor’s manifesto.

Stephen brings substantial leadership experience of public services reform and delivery.  As well as roles strengthening capability in local government, Stephen has worked extensively in central government, notably Communities and Local Government, Cabinet Office and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit where he was Chief of Staff.  Prior to joining SCR he worked with the FCO advising overseas governments on centre of government reform, organisational capability and wider performance. Email: Stephen.batey@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

You can find the Sheffield City Region staff structure in our resources section.

Gender Pay Gap Report 2017-18

At Sheffield City Region, our people are our greatest asset and we are committed to fairness, equality and inclusion. Although our workforce has fewer than 250 employees, which means we have no legal requirement to report on our gender pay gap, we have voluntarily chosen to report our gender pay gap using pay data taken on 31 March 2018. This information will form a key part of our work to build greater equality across a more diverse workforce. The results will help us to better understand and focus on the relevant issues, and we will hold ourselves to account, as we continue to plan and take actions to improve on our current position.

Mayoral Combined Authority Officers

In addition to the day-to-day work undertaken by the SCR Executive Team, the Sheffield City Region has a number of designated officers who provider services to ensure that the Mayoral Combined Authority is acting legally and responsibly. The designated officers for the Mayoral Combined Authority are:

To view relative registers of interest, please click the officers names above.


For a complete breakdown on how we make decisions please click the link below: