Published: Monday, October 31, 2016
Members of the Greater Cambridge City Deal partnership have wished fellow Board member Professor Nigel Slater well following news he is to step down to pursue his academic interests.
Professor Slater, the University of Cambridge Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise and Regional Affairs, has been the University’s representative on the City Deal’s Board since January 2016, replacing its original representative, Professor Jeremy Saunders, the previous Pro-vice Chancellor.
He will move to refocus on his role as Professor of Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Biotechnology at the end of December. With recruitment now underway for his replacement, the University has reaffirmed its commitment to city and regional affairs, including in its role as part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal partnership.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the City Deal Executive Board and leader of Cambridge City Council said: “Nigel has played a valuable and active role in progressing the work of our unique partnership, bringing a fresh and academic perspective to solutions for overcoming the barriers to securing future prosperity and managing growth in Greater Cambridge.
“On behalf of the Board, we respect his personal decision to pursue his academic interests and wish him well in this role in which he will, undoubtedly, continue to play a vital part in staking Cambridge as a world-leading city of innovation.
“The City Deal is two years into an ambitious 15-year programme and it’s perfectly natural Board representation will evolve but this does not detract from the strong commitment of the five partner organisations to work collaboratively for the greater good of our city region - including on behalf of future generations. We look forward to working closely with Nigel’s replacement when they are recruited.”
The City Deal is a partnership between central Government, three local authorities, University and Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, working to accelerate investment in measures to that will unlock sustainable economic growth in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire – bringing much needed new housing, jobs and attracting further business and investment.
The Board’s five representatives are Cllr Lewis Herbert, Cambridge City Council, Vice Chair Cllr Francis Burkitt, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council, Mark Reeve for the LEP and Professor Nigel Slater for the University.