Agenda and minutes

Venue: Room 116, West Midlands Combined Authority, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD

Contact: Wendy Slater, Senior Governance Services Officer 

No. Item


Inquorate meeting


It was reported that the meeting was inquorate and therefore the recommendations contained within the minutes would be submitted to the WMCA Board on 28 October 2022 for formal approval and adoption.


Apologies for Absence

Presented By: Chair


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Allen (Sandwell) and Councillor Meeson (Solihull).


Notification of Substitutes

Presented By: Chair


Councillor Padda attended the meeting via Teams on behalf of Councillor Allen.


Chair's Remarks

Presented By: Chair


The Chair reported on recent activities he had undertaken including meetings he had attended on behalf of the committee.


He also he informed the committee that Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the nominated LEP representative on the committee was in the process of being disbanded and therefore there was currently no LEP member on the committee.


Minutes - 7 July 2022 pdf icon PDF 307 KB

Presented By: Chair


The minutes of the meting held on 7 July were agreed as a true record.


Matters Arising

Presented By: Chair


Minute no. 14 Cyber Essentials Report


Further to the last meeting it was confirmed that the WMCA had made a new submission against the new enhanced Cyber Essentials criteria last month.  


Forward Plan pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Presented By: Chair


The committee considered a report on agenda items to be submitted to future meetings.


In relation to the terms of reference for the committee which are under review and are scheduled to be submitted to the next meeting, the interim Director of Law and Governance, Satish Mistry, reported that the new Director of Law and Governance (joining the WMCA in January 2023) might want to be involved in this area of work and would therefore look to re-schedule this item to a future meeting.


Resolved: That the report be noted.


Public Sector Audit Appointments: Audit Quality Monitoring Report 2021 pdf icon PDF 317 KB

Presented By: Linda Horne/Louise Cowen


The committee considered a report of the Executive Director of the Finance and Business Hub that had been prepared to share a summary of the Public Sector Audit Appointments Audit Quality Monitoring Report 2021.


The Head of Financial Management, Louise Cowen, outlined the report




WMCA Audit Progress Report and Sector Update pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Presented By: Linda Horne/ Grant Thornton

Additional documents:


Heath & Safety Annual Update pdf icon PDF 694 KB

Presented By: Ben Gittings


Strategic Risk Update pdf icon PDF 149 KB

Presented By: Peter Astrella

Additional documents:


Single Assurance Framework - Assurance Performance Report - April to August 2022 pdf icon PDF 928 KB

Presented By: Joti Sharma

Additional documents:


Internal Audit Update - October 2022 pdf icon PDF 375 KB

Presented By: Peter Farrow/ Sandra Kaylan


Exclusion of the Public and Press

To pass the following resolution:

That in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business as they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)

Presented By: Chair


Whistleblowing Investigation - Adult Education Services

Presented By: Peter Farrow/Satish Mistry


Whistleblowing Investigation - Housing

Presented By: Satish Mistry & Andrew Round (CBRE Ltd)