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Mayor James Palmer

Local Authority: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
Position: Mayor
Portfolio: Policy & Governance, Transport & Infrastructure
Telephone: 01353 667721
Email: james.palmer@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Leadership of the Combined Authority
  • Engagement with Government Ministers and Departments
  • Overarching responsibility for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the Combined Authority
  • Effective governance of the Combined Authority, including transparency and openness
  • Chair of Combined Authority
  • Nominating Portfolios and chairs of executive committees
  • Public sector reform
  • Ambassador for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to secure inward investment
  • Future devolution deals including securing new powers and associated budget responsibilities for the Combined Authority
  • Assurance and Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks 
  • The Mayor has executive functions in relation to the Mayoral budget and non-statutory spatial planning. 
  • Communications Strategy

The Mayor also holds the portfolio for Transport and Infrastructure and is Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee. Key responsibilities include:

  • Development of Local Transport Plan (for approval by Board) 
  • Sustainable transport
  • Bus strategy
  • Monitoring and delivery of and budget for major transport and connectivity programmes
  • Development of the Transport Levy for recommendation to the board
  • Road network and infrastructure
  • Key transport partnerships including Network Rail and private sector transport providers
  • Lead Member for Local Highways Authorities and the Strategic Highway Authority
  • Clean Air
  • Energy and Clean Growth
  • Renewable energy
  • Security of energy supply
  • Strategic relationships with utility providers

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