Economy and Skills Board

By 2050 everyone in Bristol will contribute to a sustainable inclusive and growing economy from which all will benefit.

Our Vision, By 2050:

  • Improved inclusion will enhance productivity and throughout the city our diverse population will be contributing to and benefitting from clean economic growth.
  • The economy will become more productive with greater inclusion, consequently delivering healthy and prosperous outcomes.
  • Unemployment will fall to 2% and there will be reduced inequalities between the highest and lowest earners in the city.
  • Compared with similar-sized cities in Europe, our productivity will be amongst the highest
  • Schools, colleges, universities and businesses will collaborate so that all young people are prepared to enter the economy.
  • Bristol will have an economy that works for everyone.

The Economy board co-created the One City Climate Ask with the Environment board. If you are interested in making a commitment to Net Zero, there is more information on the link.


The Co-Chairs of the Economy and Skills Board are:

  • Councillor Craig Cheney – Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance, and
  • Victoria Matthews – Bristol Director, Business West – Bristol Chambers of Commerce

Economy and Skills Board members* are currently:

  • Babbasa, Poku Osei
  • Black South West Network (BSWN), Sado Jirde
  • Bristol’s Women’s Commission, Sue Cohen
  • City of Bristol College, Joanne Ward
  • Economic Development- Bristol City Council, Anesa Kritah
  • Federation of Small Businesses (fsb), Sam Holliday
  • Hargreaves Lansdown, Danny Cox
  • Night Time Economy Advisor – Bristol City Council, Carly Heath
  • Paragon Costs Solutions, Nick Lee
  • Skills – Bristol City Council, Jane Taylor
  • The Lloyds Bank South West, Adam Rainey
  • The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL), Dominic Ellison
  • Trades Union Congress (TUC), Ines Lage
  • University of Bristol (UoB), Barra Mac Ruairí
  • University of the West of England (UWE), Dr Paul Bennett
  • upReach, Joe Hensey
  • Visit West, Kathryn Davis
  • We The Curious, Donna Speed

*Members were elected in March 2022

Agenda and Minutes

14 December 2023 – Agenda

25 October 2023 – Agenda

1 December 2022 – Agenda and Minutes

7 September 2022 – Agenda and Minutes

15 June 2022 – Agenda and Minutes

7 April 2022 – Agenda and Minutes

Terms of Reference

In April 2022 the terms of reference were revised and agreed by the members:

Economy and Skills Board Terms of Reference