Dear Candidate,

Thank you very much for your interest in a Director position at the Combined Authority

It was a great honour to become Chief Executive of this fantastic organisation in July 2017. I wanted the job because there is huge ambition and real potential to grow this area into an extraordinary place. I am now looking for my top Director team to help achieve that.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is already a great region. It has the best performing economy in the country outside London, contributing over £5bn a year to UK PLC, and has two of the top five fastest growing cities in the UK. It is home to the second greatest University in the world, and there are more patents registered here each year than in all the other combined authority areas put together. More than 25 of the world’s largest corporations are based in Cambridge and there are over 4,500 knowledge intensive companies located within our area.

There is a visionary and strong leadership of our combined authority, through the combination of an elected Mayor, a Combined Authority Board made up of the Leaders from all the constituent Councils, along with a new Business Board that gives commerce a strong voice in strategy development and decision making. The organisation is truly at the frontier of accelerating delivery and securing new investment models, with and across Government, the private sector and the local area.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 2030 ambition is to become a leading place in the world to live, learn and work. We’re optimistic about how fast we can reach our vision, but we can’t fix everything instantly. So are setting a series of four-year plans that will focus on five main and interlinked areas:



Within these themes the Mayor and the Combined Authority Board have agreed a pipeline of major investments and delivery programmes. This includes a new Metro for Cambridge; a new University of Peterborough; the Cambridge to Oxford (road/rail/connectivity) growth corridor; major housing schemes that will deliver over 100,000 new homes; a new energy hub; and a focus on growing our key industrial sectors and international trade. In the near future we are confident that we will secure a strategic finance partner who will invest significantly into our infrastructure programmes so that they can be realised quickly.

We now need to appoint an outstanding team of Directors, each with clear focus and working together to ensure they collectively form a high-performing team. Working directly for me, Directors will help facilitate development of strategy and ensure that delivery is driven throughout every aspect of our projects.

You will need to be comfortable working in a fast-moving environment where you are expected to routinely challenge historic approaches and find the best way to get things done. You will bring new ideas to life with your excellent organisational, coordination and interpersonal skills. You will need the passion and ability to bring fresh insight, successfully embed new approaches, and build trust with people in the area and nationally.

If you believe you have the qualities and skills we need, it would be great to hear from you.




Martin Whiteley, Chief Executive