It comes as work across the programme - set to unlock thousands of new jobs and homes across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire - gathers pace, and in anticipation of new working arrangements as a result of devolution.

Under measures to ensure resource matches growing demand, the services of an interim Chief Executive Officer have been secured and will be followed with recruitment of dedicated City Deal Transport Director.

Rachel Stopard was announced as interim CEO last week and will provide executive leadership across the partnership, strengthening the capacity of the team and ensuring it maintains momentum.

The Transport Director, under Rachel's leadership, will head up a number of changes to be made to the transport work stream including the formation, from existing staff, of a full-time transport team.

Until now, work has been co-ordinated by a small administrative team and delivered by staff across the three partner councils and Local Enterprise Partnership, sometimes alongside their day-job.

At the same time, business engagement is also set to be strengthened with recruitment by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) of a dedicated City Deal Executive to the LEP Board.

The changes have been agreed by Chief Executives across the three Local Authorities, and the City Deal's Executive Board and follow an external review.

Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive at Cambridgeshire County Council  said: œStaff across the council have worked hard to support the City Deal programme in its first two years and to get it to where it is today.

œAs work steps up “ and with the advent of new working arrangements brought about by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal - it is right that resource is reviewed and strengthened, ensuring we can deliver to our local communities.

Cllr Ian Bates, City Deal Board member, said the change in scale and pace across all areas of business meant now was the right time to take stock.

œEarlier decisions were made to keep resource lean against a backdrop of austerity, but it's now right we adapt to our changing environment, he said.

œThe effort and commitment of staff thus far has been impressive and, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank you all for your hard work. However, we welcome the findings of the review will which ensure we move forward in a strong position.

The City Deal is a partnership of Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and University of Cambridge.

In 2014, a deal was struck with central Government to secure devolved powers and up to £500 million funding towards transport improvements to nurture economic growth. The aim is to unlock housing and jobs and keep Greater Cambridge attractive for business and future investment.

To inform future plans, an independent review of the transport work stream was commissioned to track progress and identify key risks and opportunities for the future.

Rachel Stopard said: œI look forward to driving work forward at this exciting time and working with teams across the partnership to continue the fantastic work already underway.

Staff currently working on City Deal transport schemes have been kept informed and work is now underway to develop a delivery model which will service both City Deal and existing County transport schemes, expected to be in place later this year.

Recruitment for a new City Deal Transport Director will commence later this month.

 

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