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H O W  W E  M A K E  D E C I S I O N S

Decisions are taken by the Executive Board and with advice from the Joint Assembly.

Decisions on all proposals are considered and discussed in public and business cases are formulated following extensive consultation with members of the public, partners and key stakeholders.

Both the Executive Board and the Joint Assembly meet at least four times a year and its decisions are published after each meeting.

H O W  W E  W O R K

The Greater Cambridge Partnership operates as a Joint Committee, under powers delegated by its three local authority partners.

It is led by a decision-making Executive Board which coordinates the overall strategic vision and drives forward the partnership’s programme of work.  It is run in accordance with a clear governance structure, agreed by all partners.

The Executive Board is made up of one representative from each of the City Deal partners. While the law governing Joint Committees only allows the three local authority representatives voting rights, they consider the advice of the other representatives, to make sure decisions also represent the business and academic sectors.

The Board is advised and informed by a Joint Assembly. The Joint Assembly provides advice to the Executive Board, drawing on the broad expertise of its 15 members. The Assembly’s membership is made up of three elected councillors from each of the three councils in the Greater Cambridge area, and reflects the political composition of their council. The other City Deal partners each nominate three representatives, as stakeholders from a range of organisations within the fields of business and academia.

Both the Executive Board and the Joint Assembly meet at least four times a year.

Papers relating to public meetings are published online and members of the public have the opportunity to participate in meetings of the Executive Board by posing questions to be discussed in public.

W O R K I N G  T O G E T H E R

The Greater Cambridge Partnership stretches far wider than the governed organisations.  It is a collaborative effort; the success of which depends on the combined input and engagement of communities, partners, businesses and industry leaders.

The level of scale of change and development requires involvement from representatives across the region. GCP teams work with local communities to explain and outline their proposals and to seek the views and opinions of the people who will benefit from the projects being developed.

As the voice for sustainable economic growth in Greater Cambridge and to maximise benefits, the partnership will work closely with the Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Combined Authority and with strategic partners and government in the region and nationally.

You can have your say and participate in Greater Cambridge Partnership work in a number of ways.

Members of the Executive Board of the Greater Cambridge Partnership at an Executive Board committee meeting: left to right - Cllr Ian Bates, Professor Phil Allmendinger, Cllr Aiden Van de Weyer, Claire Ruskin, Cllr Lewis Herbert

You can access committee documents using the Mod.Gov app* for Android and Apple tablet devices:

*The app is provided by ModernGov, and allows users to subscribe to committee documents from a number of council.  For Greater Cambridge Partnership information, please subscribe to South Cambs, and select the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board, and Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly.

O U R  P E O P L E

The Executive Board

  • Cllr Lewis Herbert (Chair) – Leader of Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr Ian Bates (Vice Chair) – Economy & Environment Committee, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer  - South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Claire Ruskin – Cambridge Network
  • Professor Phil Allmendinger – University of Cambridge

The substitute representatives are:

  • Cllr Roger Hickford – Deputy Leader, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cllr Kevin Blencowe –  Executive Councillor for Planning Policy and Transport, Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr Bridget Smith – Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Jason Matthews – University of Cambridge

Joint Assembly

  • Cllr Tim Wotherspoon  (Chair) – Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cllr Tim Bick (Vice Chair)– Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr Nicky Massey – Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr David Baigent - Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr Eileen Wilson – South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Cllr Ian Sollom – South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Cllr Peter Topping – South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Cllr Noel Kavanagh – Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Cllr John Williams – Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Jo Sainsbury – iMET / Cambridge Regional College
  • Christopher Walkinshaw – Marshall of Cambridge Ltd.
  • Helen Valentine – Anglia Ruskin University
  • Dr Jonathan Wells – Cancer Research Cambridge
  • Andy Williams – AstraZeneca
  • Heather Richards - Transversal

There are no substitutes for the Joint Assembly.


27 May 2019

Submit a question to the Joint Assembly

10:00 AM
Location to be confirmed

06 Jun 2019

Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly

2:00 — 5:30 PM
Council Chamber ,South Cambridgeshire Hall , Cambourne , Cambridgeshire , CB23 6EA , United Kingdom