Key Cambridge organisations
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University of Cambridge
Founded in 1209, the University is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its outstanding academic achievement is recognised world-wide and reflects the intellectual prowess of its students, as well as the outstanding, original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges. It has more than 18,000 students, nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions. The University and its colleges are substantial landowners in the Cambridge region. The Chancellor of the university is Lord Sainsbury of Turville and the Vice-Chancellor, who is the principal academic and administrative officer of the University, is Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. He will be succeeded on 1st October 2017 by Professor Stephen Toope.
Cambridge City Council
This district council provides various facilities and services within the city. These include parks and open spaces, waste collection, council housing and local planning. The Council also organises numerous events throughout the year, including the Cambridge Folk Festival. There are forty two city councillors and the Labour Party currently has a majority on the council. The Leader of the council is Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour), who is also chair of the City Deal Board & Assembly. The Chief Executive is Antoinette Jackson.
South Cambridge District Council
The local authority for the district of South Cambridgeshire, it is based in Cambourne, west of Cambridge and it forms the lower part of the two tier system of local government in the district, below Cambridgeshire County Council. The district council provides services such as waste collection and recycling, local planning and housing services, environmental health services and council tax collection. The council consists of 57 councillors, representing 34 electoral wards. The Conservative Party currently has a majority on the council. The Leader of the council is Cllr Peter Topping (Cons) and the Chief Executive is Jean Hunter.
Cambridgeshire County Council
The county council of Cambridgeshire, England. The council consists of 69 councillors, representing 60 electoral divisions and meets at Shire Hall in Cambridge. Amongst other things, the council is responsible for Education, Transport infrastructure, Planning, and Economic Development. The Conservative Party is the largest party represented on the council, but lost overall control at the 2013 election. The Leader of the council is Steve Count and the Chief Executive is Gillian Beasley, who is also Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council under a temporary sharing agreement.
Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (GCGP LEP)
The LEP was formed in October 2010 to help drive forward sustainable economic growth in the area. It brings together local businesses, education providers, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, and the public sector to tackle key barriers to growth, such as skills development, infrastructure issues and funding. The area is currently home to 1.3 million people, 700,000 jobs, 60,000 enterprises and generates £30 billion per annum. It is also home to a number of globally significant business clusters, world class research capacity linked to our universities, a number of thriving market towns, and is the UK’s leader in agriculture, food and drink. The Chief Executive of the LEP is Neil Darwin and the Chairman is Mark Reeve.
Cambridge Network is a membership organisation based in the vibrant high technology cluster of Cambridge that brings people together ─ from business and academia ─ to meet each other and share ideas, encouraging collaboration and partnership for shared success. Cambridge Network was founded in 1998 by an influential group which included the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, now Lord Broers, and businessmen and entrepreneurs such as Dr Hermann Hauser KBE, and David Cleevely CBE. The CEO of Cambridge Network is Claire Ruskin.
One Nucleus is based in Cambridge and is an international membership organisation for life science and healthcare companies. The majority of its members are located across the Cambridge/London corridor – at the heart of Europe’s largest life science and healthcare cluster. It has over 470 organisations as members, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies and associated technical and commercial service providers. One Nucleus’ mission is to maximise the global competitiveness of its members. Its CEO is Harriet Fear MBE.
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce
Cambridge has a vibrant and innovative economy and the Cambridge & South Cambs Chamber Committee works hard to ensure that the needs and concerns of SMEs are reflected in the local and regional decision-making processes. The CEO is John Bridge OBE DL.
Cambridge BID (Business Improvement District) represents a collection of 1,100 shops, bars, cafés, attractions, entertainment and services in the City Centre and which strives to ensure that visitors, locals and businesses enjoy a vibrant, safe and clean environment. Visitors may sometimes spot their bowler hat-wearing City Ambassadors who are the BID’s walking, talking information centres. The Chairman of the BID is Ian Sandison.
Visit Cambridge and Beyond
Visit Cambridge and Beyond is an innovative business-led public/private sector partnership with the aim of increasing investment and support to the tourism industry. It was relaunched in February 2016 as a new Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Cambridge. It is the official tourism service for Cambridge, responsible for marketing Cambridge to domestic UK and established European and other international markets and for showcasing the best that Cambridge has to offer. The CEO is Emma Thornton.