South Yorkshire Governance

South Yorkshire Governance

The South Yorkshire Joint Authorities Governance Unit is a department of Barnsley MBC's Legal and Governance Directorate. Officers provide independent and impartial support and advice to:

  • South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority
  • South Yorkshire Police & Crime Panel
  • Sheffield City Region Mayoral Combined Authority
  • Doncaster Sheffield Airport Consultative Committee
  • Safer Roads Partnership
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This support includes governance, service improvement, policy and scrutiny advice to ensure our clients meet their expectations of good governance. 

Our History

The staff supporting Joint Authorities and other sub-regional bodies are part of Barnsley MBC’s corporate governance unit.
It was formerly known as the Joint Authorities Governance Unit from 2015 to 2021 and – before that – the South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat (SYJS).

South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat (SYJS and the Secretariat) was established in 1986 following the closure of the South Yorkshire County Council.

Under an agreement entered into by the four District Councils within South Yorkshire, SYJS became a department of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and the organisation was subject to Barnsley Councils conditions of service and employment policies. It was set up to provide support services to the sub-regional bodies such as Police, Fire & Rescue, Pensions and Transport and has expanded over the years to include support for other organisations.

From March 2022, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority is managed by South Yorkshire Pensions Service.

Who's involved

  • Shokat Lal
    Executive Director (Core Services)
  • Sukdave Ghuman
    Service Director (Law and Governance) – from July 2022

  • Carol Tague
    Head of Governance
  • Mel Bray
    Senior Democratic Services Officer

  • Post to be filled
    Service Improvement and Scrutiny Officer

  • Andrew Shirt
    Senior Democratic Services Officer

  • Neil Copley
    Executive Director - Finance Section 151 Officer (FRA, Pensions, Police and Crime Panel)


South Yorkshire Joint Authorities

For more information

Police Authority archived material

Find out more about our archived South Yorkshire Police authority document.

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Watch our meetings online

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