How will the Conservative Metro Mayor work with the VCSE sector?

5 May, 2017

The results of the Metro Mayor election are in, with Conservative Tim Bowles winning by a small margin - 4,377 votes ahead of Labour's Lesley Mansell.

Mr Bowles will control a budget of £31 million per year which will be split between business infrastructure, adult education and skills, planning and transport. He will also oversee future 'Devo deals' with central government.

In the lead-up to the election, the West of England Civil Society Partnership asked the candidates about the ways in which they would work with the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.


Mr Bowles envisioned a 'partnership of partnerships' that would enable VCSE organisations to make their voices heard in cross-sector conversations around housing, infrastructure, skills shortages and congestion. 


He added: "I will make sure I sit down regularly with representatives of different sectors across the West of England to discuss policies and proposals, and, most importantly, to listen".


Next steps: how VCSE organisations can join the conversation

The West of England Civil Society Partnership is holding an event on Tuesday, 20 June. VCSE sector colleagues will have the chance to hear from the Metro Mayor about his priorities. Attendees will also have a chance to submit their questions in advance.

Click here for more details and to book.

You can view Tim's video here: 



For more information on Devolution and the powers of the Metro Mayor, see this useful page of FAQs.