Lead Members and Responsibilities

This page is being updated following the Mayoral election on 8 May 2021

Mayor: Dr Nik Johnson

  • Leadership of the Combined Authority
  • Engagement with Government Ministers and Departments
  • Overarching responsibility for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the Combined Authority
  • Chair of Combined Authority: nominating lead member responsibilities and chairs of executive committees
  • Public sector reform
  • Lead Member of the Business Board (local enterprise partnership) for the Combined Authority. In conjunction with the Business Board, responsible for the development of the Local Industrial Strategy
  • Aligning delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy with the strategic framework of the Combined Authority
  • Combined Authority local and national ambassador for key business sectors:
    • Life Sciences and Healthcare
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Agritech
    • ICT, Digital and Creative
    • Place-based growth strategies including Market Towns and Core Cities
    • Enterprise zones: impact of Brexit
  • Ambassador for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to secure inward investment
  • Assurance and Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
  • The Mayor has executive functions in relation to the Mayoral budget and non- statutory spatial planning
  • Communications Strategy

Deputy Mayor (Statutory): Cllr Anna Smith

The Deputy Mayor carries a statutory responsibility and acts on behalf of the Mayor as designated or in their absence.

Lead Member for Transport & Infrastructure and Chair of the Transport & Infrastructure Committee: Cllr Anna Smith

  • 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

Lead Member for Skills and Chair of the Skills Committee: Cllr Lucy Nethsingha

  • Skills Strategy: Employer focused skills system
  • Peterborough University
  • Apprenticeships and Pathways to Employment Scheme
  • Adult Education Devolution
  • Education Committee and coordination lead with Regional Schools Commissioner
  • Coordination with the Department for Education on the Opportunity Area programme
  • Centre for Skills (in conjunction with the Business Board)
  • The Skills Framework and Action Plan for Adult Education
  • Coordination with DWP and the Work & Health Programme
  • Innovation Fund and the Health and Care Sector Work Academy
  • 16+ Area Review outcomes
  • Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 years

Communities and Environment and Joint Chair of the Environment & Sustainable Communities Committee: Cllr Bridget Smith

To act as lead and champion in the cause of:

  • Responding to Climate Change
  • Leading on the recommendations of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate Change
  • Zero Carbon and carbon reduction
  • Renewable energy

Strategic relationships with public bodies, the private sector and voluntary groups on environmental issues

Lead Member for Housing and Joint Chair of the Environment & Sustainable Communities Committee:

  • Development of the Housing Strategy
  • Overseeing the delivery of major housing schemes – including the Housing Investment Fund
  • Monitoring and reporting to the Combined Authority Board on the affordable housing programmes, including:
  • Delivery of the £100M housing devolution investment fund for the Combined Authority area
  • Strategic relationships with the HCA, housing providers, developers and builders
  • Culture and Tourism
  • Lead member for the Connecting Cambridgeshire Project
  • Social action and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • Community Lead Member and Responsibility for the consultation strategy

Lead Member for Public Health: Cllr Chris Boden

To act as lead and champion in the cause of:

  • Wellbeing and Public Health issues across all Portfolios
  • Co-ordinating the work of the Combined Authority in preventative health
  • Embedding public health across the work of the Combined Authority
  • Maximising health improvement and minimising health harms; Reducing health inequalities
  • Mental wellbeing, including promoting mental health and tackling stigma
  • Healthy life expectancy; Healthy start to life
  • Healthy active ageing
  • Lead on Covid-related public health infrastructure and related community support for the Combined Authority
  • Strategic relationships with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough CCG and health providers in the Combined Authority area
  • To promote reductions in health inequalities across the Combined Authority area

Lead Member for Devolution & Place: Cllr Sarah Conboy

  • Future devolution deals including securing new powers and associated budget responsibilities for the Combined Authority
  • Development of a Shared Vision and Place narrative
  • Stakeholder engagement

Lead Member for Governance: Cllr Edna Murphy

Effective governance of the Combined Authority, including transparency and openness.