Greater Cambridge Partnership Annual Conference 2018


The Greater Cambridge Partnership Annual Conference 2018 was held at the Cambridge offices of The British Antarctic Survey.

Speakers were

  • Dame Kate Barker
  • Mayor James Palmer (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority)
  • Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Councillor Lewis Herbert
  • Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, Rachel Stopard
Name badges for GCP conference delegates, laid out in rows on a blue tablecloth


Kate Barker is a business economist. Her particular interests are monetary policy and housing. She was a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) from 2001 until May 2010. During this period, she also led two major policy reviews for Government, on housing supply and on land use planning. Before joining the MPC she was Chief Economic Adviser at the CBI.

Kate is presently an NED at Taylor Wimpey plc and Man Group plc. She is also chairman of trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme and a member of the National Infrastructure Commission. Her other interests include working with the ONS on consumer prices policy and the Council of Oxford University.

She was made a Dame in 2014 for services to economics.

a head and shoulders photograph of Dame Kate Barker, Chair of the CPIER


James Palmer is the first Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, elected as the Conservative candidate on 4 May, 2017.

 As a former councillor, he was previously leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council between May 2013 and May 2017. He was also a county councillor for the Soham and Fordham Villages electoral division of Cambridgeshire County Council between 2009 and 2017.


Mayor Palmer spoke without a set of presentation slides. A video of the event , including Mayor Palmer's address, is available at the top of this page.

a head and shoulders photograph of Mayor James Palmer from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority


Council Leader since 2014 and Labour Councillor for Coleridge since 2004.

Lewis also chairs the Greater Cambridge Partnership (City Deal) Board, is Chair of the  “Fast Growth Cities” Group (Norwich, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Swindon) and Local Government Association representative on the newly created Labour Party Planning Commission.

His professional expertise and experience is in local government, planning and transport, and waste reduction. He has been Director of Planning Skills at Anglia Ruskin University since 2004 and is Module Tutor for Housing and Planning on their Town Planning MSc.

Earlier, Lewis led work on London recycling and environmental protection as a GLC Councillor  in the 1980s, followed by leading a team on local government reform in New Zealand, and then recycling and environmental protection in East England between 1990 and 2004.

A head and shoulders photograph of Councillor Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership
Cllr Lewis Herbert GCP Slides for 1218

Published on 11 Nov 2019


Rachel became Chief Executive of the City Deal in January 2017, and immediately prioritised a review of programme, engagement and governance in her early months, culminating in a refresh and renaming to the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership in July 2017. Prior to this role, Rachel was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Culture & Environment at the London Borough of Camden for 9 years. During this time one of her key achievements was overseeing the transformation of Kings Cross. Rachel has spent her career in local government, working mainly in the eastern region, including Hertfordshire, Essex and Suffolk county councils.

Head and shoulder photograph of Rachel Stopard, Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Partnership
Rachel Stopard GCP Slides for 1218

Published on 11 Nov 2019

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