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Corporate Management Team

The Combined Authority's Corporate Management Team oversee and drive the delivery of the projects that make a difference to you.

Who are the Corporate Management Team?

While the Combined Authority’s overall direction is decided by the democratically elected Combined Authority Board, the delivery of projects and the strategies that we use to fulfil the Board’s decisions are driven by our senior Corporate Management Team.

As part of our commitment to transparent local government, our Corporate Management team’s salaries are published annually in the Statement of Accounts.

Gordon Mitchell: Interim Chief Executive of the Combined Authority

Gordon has extensive experience of supporting councils and partnerships through transitions. He has a strong track record as an interim CEO, having worked in four varied councils and after nine years as a permanent CEO in two unitary councils. He brings experience of sub-regional partnerships combining growth, transport, housing, action on climate change and inclusive economy initiatives from the Thames Valley, East Midlands, West Yorkshire and Oxfordshire.

 

“I am looking forward to working with the Mayor and Combined Authority to help them tackle the current challenges and strengthen the effort to improve the prospects and prosperity for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I have already got a strong sense that the key individuals want to more strongly develop their collective leadership, re-focus on delivery and champion the area as effectively as possible. There is much to do, but I am struck by the huge potential to improve the quality of life for people, communities and business in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.”

Jon Alsop: Chief Financial Officer

I am the Head of Finance and Section 73 Officer for the Combined Authority, which means that I lead the wonderful group of people who are the Finance team.

I also have overall “responsibility for the proper administration of the Authority’s financial affairs.”

I have been involved with the Combined Authority since January 2017, when I started a five month contract to help set up the Finance systems and processes in anticipation of the new Authority being created.

Paul Raynes: Director of Delivery & Strategy

Paul Raynes leads the Combined Authority’s work as Transport Authority, its role in tackling Climate Change and in strategic planning, and is responsible for the Programme Management Office, developing the business plan, performance management and evidence.

Paul’s previous career has included leading on transport, planning and devolution at the Local Government Association, and spells at Essex County Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he worked in the British Embassy in Paris, and HM Treasury, where he was private secretary to three Cabinet Ministers.

He lives in Cambridgeshire and studied at Cambridge University.

Roger Thompson: Director of Housing

I am the Director of Housing and Development and lead the housing directorate. The directorate is supporting and promoting the delivery of housing throughout the area, including £100k homes, Community Lands Trusts, and additional affordable homes through the £170m affordable housing programme.

I joined the Combined Authority in May 2018 and it’s been great to see the organisation mature into what it is today. Outside of the office I am a keen cyclist and when Covid relents ski, play tennis and attend as many major international sporting events as time and money permit.