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CAM SPV Board Member

16 September 2020

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Salary: Remuneration for the Board Member role is set (TBC) per annum
Closing Date: 16th October 2020

There will be four Board meetings per year plus any extraordinary meetings as well as advisory and sub-committee/Partnership Board meetings where appropriate. This will equate to one day per month of time commitment. (TBC)

Reports to: 

The SPV Board Chair

What do we do?

Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM)

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is the Transport Authority for transport planning and public transport. It brings together the councils of the area and is led by the elected mayor.
The vision is for an expensive metro-style network that seamlessly connects regional settlements, major city fringe employment sites and key satellite growth areas across the region with key railway stations and Cambridge city centre,  helping to nurture and sustain long-term regional economic growth. CAM is currently expected to use a technologically advanced, sustainable, highly flexible trackless electric vehicle. 

The CAM network will comprise both tunnelled and surface elements and will be delivered over the next decade: 

  • The City Tunnel Section, which is the subject of this consultation, will include new underground tunnels and stations  under the city of Cambridge, with planned major interchange hubs at the city centre and at Cambridge railway station.
  • Four regional routes will connect St Neots, Alconbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill with the city of Cambridge and, through the central tunnelled section, with each other

Development of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) 

Based on the commendations of the Delivery Sub-Group, the CPCA CEO commissioned Deloitte to provide an initial organisational design and governance structure to prepare for the establishment of an SPV to be responsible for delivering the CAM. A visioning exercise was undertaken to clearly articulate the purpose of the SPV, agreeing that, fundamentally:

The CAM will provide a long term environmentally sustainable transport system that: 

  • Impacts Nationally by nurturing our position as net contributor to the economy
  • Attracts Globally  by providing the right infrastructure to attract global knowledge intensive businesses

Why join us?

The appointments are based solely on merit creating an environment where businesses flourish by sharing the ambitions of the CPCA. You will have the opportunity to personally make a tangible difference to our area and the economy on a local, national and international stage. 

What will you do?

  • Provide independent oversight and challenge
  • Support SPV objectives and strategic direction
  • Monitor performance of executive management against SPV objectives and strategy
  • To promote the purpose of the CAM SPV
  • Champion the SPV's vision and objectives, challenging decisions where appropriate to maintain the aspired strategic direction and culture (supporting the UK Corporate Governance Code).

Person Specification

To succeed in your application, you will have an exceptional set of skills and experiences.

Personal Qualities

  • Personal gravitas to lead an ambitious and significant infrastructure project
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy with the ability to listen and engage effectively
  • Capable of listening, considering and understanding potentially complex and inter-linked situations and opportunities
  • Commitment to the SPV's values, vision and objectives
  • Commitment to upholding social responsibility, equality and diversity issues
  • Innovative thinking

Knowledge

  • Broad understanding of public and private sector organisations
  • Broad understanding of finance
  • Strong knowledge and experience in significant, complex and capital-intensive programme delivery and project management
  • Broad understanding of HM Government processes and procedures related to infrastructure development

Experience

  • Operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation
  • Successful track record of achievement throughout their career in business
  • Experience of working in a large-scale operating environment, preferably a regulated organisation
  • Experience of the planning process for large, complex programmes and best practice for the associate risk management required

Skills

  • An ability to exercise independent judgement and to constructively challenge and encourage 
  • Problem solving skills; ability to identify issues and areas of risk, contributing to effective resolution and decision-making

We want to find a Board Member who will represent the best interests of our community, and we are dedicated to supporting a fully inclusive culture and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

The Combined Authority will appoint the right person based on merit, and in accordance with the CPCA requirements.

For further information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Sabina Mahmood on 01480 277180/ 075393 452 255
or email recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

Please submit CVs with a covering letter to recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk