An expert in the delivery of major infrastructure projects, including the multi-billion pound Crossrail scheme, has been appointed by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority to help drive forward the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).
Chris Sexton brings more than 40 years’ infrastructure experience to the CAM and has been involved in leading major programmes in every phase from initiation to completion. He has spent the last ten years at Crossrail Ltd, the company set up to deliver the Elizabeth line, the new metro through central London, connecting with Network Rail services to the east and west and bringing a further 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London. As Deputy Chief Executive, he was an Executive Director and Board member for the £17bn programme, one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe.
Mr Sexton will lead the work to establish One CAM Limited as the delivery body for the CAM and to ensure good governance and best practice in programme delivery.
Chris Sexton said:
“The CAM is an immensely exciting and ambitious programme and I’m delighted to be joining it as it gains real momentum in 2021. It’s much more than an innovative transport project, bringing together as it does a whole range of economic, social and environmental benefits to the entire region.
“I’m looking forward to helping to move this programme forward in 2021, building on the work which has been done already to deliver an integrated transport and infrastructure programme safely, demonstrating innovation and value for money.”
Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, James Palmer, said:
“I welcome Chris to the CAM programme at this important time for its future. The lesson from other big infrastructure projects is that you must set the right foundations for delivery early in the programme. To do that, you need people with the right experience so I’m very pleased to have Chris supporting our work.
“Chris will be tasked with drawing on his vast experience to support CAM’s delivery and ultimately helping to ensure we realise the transformational benefits it will have on our economy, the environment and people’s quality of life for generations to come.”
One CAM Limited was set up in September 2020 to provide a separate, dedicated delivery body for the CAM programme, wholly owned by the Combined Authority. An experienced Board of five non-executive directors has been appointed, chaired by Lord Robert Mair CBE, one of the world’s most renowned civil engineering experts.