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.
Eileen Milner: Chief Executive of the Combined Authority
Eileen is an experienced chief executive and board level leader having worked in senior roles across both public service and the commercial sector.
Immediately prior to joining the Combined Authority she was Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, responsible as regulator and funder for the schools system in England as well as post-16 education and skills. She was Accounting Officer, responsible to Parliament for some £60bn of annual expenditure.
She joined the ESFA from the Care Quality Commission where she was the Chief Operating Officer in the organisation responsible for the regulation and inspection of health and adult social care in England. Before this she had senior appointments in the commercial sector working in public service advisory services and the IT industry.
Eileen worked as an academic in the UK and internationally and is the author of a number of publications including ‘Managing Information and Knowledge in the Public Sector’ and ‘Lessons in Leadership – the challenge of public service.’
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.
John T Hill: Director of Business & Skills
John has twenty years’ board level experience as Managing Director and CEO in various private sector businesses delivering a wide range of business advice and skills development for firms across Cambridgeshire, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
In 2010 he devised and launched the highly successful Growth Accelerator Service for the Dept of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, that helped more than 26,000 firms to generate over £4Bn of business growth and 70,000 jobs. Up to 2015, he also ran the Governments’ Manufacturing Advisory Service in the East of England and East Midlands.
Most recently, he was Managing Director, at the Department for International Trade, responsible for all UK regional services to help firms to start and grow their exporting activity, as well as for attracting overseas firms to invest and locate in the UK.
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.
Kim Sawyer: Director of Corporate Services
Kim Sawyer is the Director of Corporate Services for the Combined Authority with over 25 years experience in the public sector.
Kim is a member of the Law Society and leads the corporate governance of the organisation.
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.