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Election of new Chair for Greater Cambridge Partnership

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017


Meetings later this month of the Executive Board and Joint Assembly for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, formerly the City Deal, will see the annual election of new Chairs.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, leader of Cambridge City Council, who has held the Board’s post since its inception in 2015, will this year hand over the role.

Governance arrangements require the annual election of a chairperson for each committee with the two posts not to be held by the same political party.

Cllr Herbert said rotation of the role was envisaged from the beginning, and referenced at the shadow Board late 2014 as being important for fairness and to enable the lead to be shared between the three councils who have Board votes.

“It has been a privilege to be Board Chair for the first two years of delivery for Greater Cambridge, from April 2015, and I’ve have provided leadership and built effective partnership delivery during this critical establishment period,” he said.

“Working with the Board, Assembly and our excellent staff team I am also proud of the progress and improvements we have made, enabling stronger and better engaged delivery by the ‘Greater Cambridge Partnership’ for the next three years and developing the strategy needed post-2020, working closely with the new Mayor.

“As Board member, city council leader and Strategic Planning lead for the countywide Combined Authority  I will continue to show the same commitment to getting the best for Greater Cambridge and representing Cambridge interests in the programme, building on doors we have opened nationally with Highways England, the National Infrastructure Commission and Network Rail.

“We have started the job and there is so much more to do to deliver transport solutions linking homes, jobs and the city and increase affordable housing, skills and smart technology delivery.”

The Greater Cambridge Partnership will deliver up to £1billion of investment - providing vital improvements to infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships, over the next 15 years. The partnership consists of Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and the University of Cambridge.

Vice Chair of the Board Cllr Francis Burkitt, from South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "I want to pay huge tribute to Lewis for his strong and successful leadership of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, now Partnership, during its first two years.   

Right from the outset, he's led and guided the partnership with skill, dedication, hard work - and a nice touch of humour when necessary!   It's been an enormous task to get something like this up and running, and Lewis' dedication to Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and all of its residents has been apparent throughout.  

I've been staggered by the amount of time that he's put into it - meeting  individual residents, residents groups and associations, local councillors, public meetings, press briefings to aid communication to residents, council and city deal meetings, meetings with Government and Government bodies, and latterly work with the Combined Authority and Mayor.  And that's been on top of his other job as Leader of the City Council.  

On a personal level, I've thoroughly enjoyed working with Lewis, and admired his openness, co-working spirit and leadership vision and role.   Party politics has never got in the way, nor has any City/District distinction, and all his focus has been simply directed at doing the best for residents in our region.  

I'm delighted that he's staying on the Board - it's vital for us that he does - and look forward to continuing to receive his wise counsel as we continue to advance and deliver much-needed initiatives in the region.  But first, I hope he and his family manage to get away for a long-deserved summer break!"

Election of Chair for the Joint Assembly will also take place following the departure from the committee of County Councillor Roger Hickford. Any one of the 15 Assembly members can be nominated for the position.

The Joint Assembly meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, between 1pm and 6.30pm at the Council Chamber, South Cambridgeshire District Council offices, Cambourne, and the Executive Board a week later, on Wednesday July 26, between 10am and 5pm at the Guildhall, Cambridge City Council.

Anyone wishing to attend is reminded that, due to the significant agenda both meetings will be held in two halves.

Of note for this week’s meeting, items on Milton Road – approval of final concept for further detailed design ahead of public consultation - and Traffic Regulation Orders on cross-city cycling schemes will be heard between 1pm and 3.30pm; items on Cambourne to Cambridge and City Access schemes will be heard between 4pm and 6.30pm.

For further information about the Greater Cambridge Partnership visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk.