Lead Members and Responsibilities

Each of the Combined Authority areas of responsibility has a Lead Member, who has a strategic role in leading the development of future policy and budget allocations for approval at the Board or executive committees.

Mayor: James Palmer

  • Lead Member for Policy and Governance
  • Leadership of the Combined Authority
  • Engagement with Government Ministers and Departments
  • Overarching responsibility for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the Combined Authority
  • Effective governance of the Combined Authority, including transparency and openness
  • Chair of Combined Authority Board
  • Public sector reform
  • Ambassador for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to secure inward investment Future devolution deals including securing new powers and associated budget responsibilities for the Combined Authority
  • Assurance and Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks
  • The Mayor has executive functions in relation to the Mayoral budget and non statutory spatial planning Communications Strategy

Deputy Mayor (Statutory) and Lead Member for Economic Growth: Cllr John Holdich

The Deputy Mayor carries a statutory responsibility and acts on behalf of the Mayor as designated or in their absence.

  • Lead Member of the Business Board (local enterprise partnership) for the Combined Authority In conjunction with the Business Board, responsible for the development of the Local Industrial Strategy Aligning delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy with the strategic framework of the Combined Authority
  • Relations with the business community, industry and enterprise
  • Combined Authority local and national ambassador for key business sectors
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agritech
  • ICT, Digital and Creative
  • Place-based growth strategies including Market Towns and Core Cities
  • Enterprise zones
  • Impact of Brexit

Lead Member for Skills and Chair of the Skills Committee: Cllr John Holdich

  • Skills Strategy
  • Employer focused skills system
  • Peterborough University
  • Apprenticeships and Pathways to Employment Scheme
  • Adult Education Devolution
  • Education Committee and coordination lead with Regional Schools Commissioner
  • Coordination with the Department for Education on the Opportunity Area programme
  • Centre for Skills (in conjunction with the Business Board)
  • The Skills Framework and Action Plan for Adult Education
  • Coordination with DWP and the Work & Health Programme
  • Innovation Fund and the Health and Care Sector Work Academy
  • 16+ Area Review outcomes
  • Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 years

Lead Member for Spatial Planning and Chair of the Land Commission: Cllr Chris Boden

  • Non-statutory spatial plan
  • Developing and managing the delivery of the Non Statutory Spatial Plan
  • Chair of Land Commission – supply of public sector land

Lead Member for Transport & Infrastructure and Chair of the Transport & Infrastructure Committee: Mayor James Palmer

  • Development of Local Transport Plan (for approval by Board)
  • Sustainable transport Bus strategy
  • Monitoring and delivery of and budget for major transport and connectivity programmes
  • Development of the Transport Levy for recommendation to the board
  • Road network and infrastructure
  • Key transport partnerships including Network Rail and private sector transport providers
  • Lead Member for Local Highways Authorities and the Strategic Highway Authority
  • Climate Change

Lead Member for Finance: Mayor James Palmer

Lead Member for Housing and Chair of the Housing & Communities Committee: Cllr Chris Boden

  • Development of the Housing Strategy
  • Overseeing the delivery of major housing schemes – including the Housing Investment Fund Monitoring and reporting to the Combined Authority Board on the affordable housing programmes, including:
  • Delivery of the £100M housing devolution investment fund for the Combined Authority area
  • Delivery of the £70M housing devolution investment fund to support Cambridge City
  • Strategic relationships with the HCA, housing providers, developers and builders
  • Culture and Tourism Lead member for the Connecting Cambridgeshire Project
  • Wellbeing and Public Health issues across all Portfolios
  • Social action and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • Community Lead Member and Responsibility for the consultation strategy
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