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Council leader comments on GCP Chief Executive’s retirement

25 March 2024

Following the announcement from the Greater Cambridge Partnership earlier today that Rachel Stopard, Chief Executive of the GCP is to retire in May, Councillor Lucy Nethsingha, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council said: “I am sorry to learn that Rachel will be leaving her role at the GCP, and wish to thank her for the time and energy she has brought to Cambridgeshire during her years in that role.

“Rachel has led the GCP through a politically turbulent period, with changes of leadership across all the councils involved with the GCP, through the setting up of the Combined Authority, and through Brexit and the pandemic.

“During all those changes she has shown great resilience and courage, and continued to work collaboratively whatever the political situation she has faced. I wish her all the best for the coming years."

The GCP is governed by a Joint Committee formed by the county council, Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, with representatives from the University of Cambridge and the business sector.

Cambridgeshire County Council is the Accountable Body to Government for the Greater Cambridge Partnership funding arrangement and is also the legal employer for all the staff working within the GCP.