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NED - Chairperson of the Board of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Business Growth Company

14 September 2020

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Do you have commercial experience at a senior level and looking for an exciting new challenge?

In your role you will lead the new Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Growth Company Ltd to deliver on its goal to drive inclusive growth in Business and skills across Cambridgeshire.

What do we do?

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is an ambitious and forward looking organisation with a number of exciting initiatives and projects in the pipeline. The CPCA was established in 2017 under a devolution deal with the Government. In order to achieve its purpose of ensuring Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is a leading place in the world to live, learn and work, the CPCA produced its 'Growth Ambition Statement' with a focus on growth as part of its 'Local Industrial Strategy'.

To deliver on this strategy, a comprehensive Growth Service has been designed to fuel growth in Business & Skills across all three of our sub-economies. The vehicle to accommodate this service will be a dedicated Legal Entity.

We have established a subsidiary of CPCA to assist us with delivering our ambitions. Under the CPCA’s ownership and control, the purpose of the Company (Growth Co), will be to manage the Growth Service, its Delivery Fund and with it, procure the delivery of the Growth Service itself from the private sector.

Initially the Company will focus on these strategic objectives:

  1. To deliver against the CPCA's overall Vision and Values
  2. To contribute to CPCA's Corporate objectives
  3. To deliver sustainable and inclusive business growth
  4. To deliver value for money 

Why join the Business Growth Company?

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?

Key Responsibilities:

  1. As a Director of the Ltd Co, chair Board meeting 4 times per year and any extraordinary meetings as required in an effective and professional manner including the setting of agendas, approval of minutes and management of associated business.
  2. Ensure that the Board works effectively, with good collaboration between its members
  3. Provide assurance that the Board operates independently of the Combined Authority and that any conflicts of interest are appropriately managed
  4. Provide leadership, advice and guidance to Board members 
  5. To represent the entity externally 

Person Specification

To succeed in your application, you will have an exceptional set of skills and experiences. We are looking for someone that:

  • Is ambitious, commercially astute and has a track record of providing leadership successfully at a strategic level
  • Has a strong track record of innovation and supporting commercial opportunities
  • Has been involved with scale up / high growth businesses
  • Has personal gravitas to lead an ambitious Subsidiary Company 
  • Has a broad understanding of public and private sector organisations and finance 
  • Demonstrates Strategic and Leadership direction

We want to find a chairperson 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 – 07593 452255 or email recruitment@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

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

Closing Date 4th October 2020