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Steve Cox has been appointed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as Executive Director for Place & Economy - leading one of the only  joint services in the UK concentrated on developing both a City unitary and County Council area, and completing a wholly joined up management team under Chief Executive Gillian Beasley.

Steve is currently Corporate Director, Place at Thurrock Council where over the past three years he has been responsible for leading England’s highest rated planning service, drawing down £150m of Government growth funding and where he is currently delivering a £500m capital programme and leading Thurrock’s response to the proposed £6bn Lower Thames Crossing.

His previous roles have included a shared service role as Director of Growth for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, a range of executive director roles at the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and roles delivering major new development at Hertfordshire County Council.

A member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Steve has a BA (Hons) in Town Planning an MA in Economics and Planning.  He is currently Chair and Director of Thurrock Council’s wholly owned regeneration company and a Member of a Multi Academy Trust in Hertfordshire.

“I am delighted to have been given this tremendous opportunity to work with two ambitious local authorities on an unrivalled agenda for growth. I look forward to working with colleagues in both Councils to build a new and dynamic shared service and to work with partners across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to realise the area’s huge potential.” said Steve.

“We are currently involved in creating the biggest shared services of its type in the country across a County and a City Council area – sharing high levels of leadership and management expertise. To help us to continue to develop Cambridgeshire, with its international reputation, we were only interested in a really outstanding candidate and in appointing Steve, I believe we have found exactly the right person”, said Cllr Steve Count, Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.

“To take responsibility for delivering improvements not just for Cambridgeshire – but for Peterborough, a City with huge growth aspiration and a multicultural and diverse economy – which provides considerable challenges as well as great opportunities, we were certainly looking for an exceptional director – with a wide and varied background. I am convinced Steve is the right person for the role,” agreed Cllr John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council.

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