Education & Skills

Education & Skills

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Project Team members

Project Group Chair: Iain Martin – Vice-Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University

Abilgail Trencher – Partner & Head of Employment Law, Birketts*
David Braben – CEO, Frontier Developments
Nikki Brown – Principal, Morley Memorial Primary School
Andrew Daly – Principal, Swavesey Village College
Michelle Dowse – Vice Principal, Cambridge Regional College
Bob Ensch – Area Director, Morgan Sindall
Anna McDonald – Director, Barclays*
Anne Bailey – Director, Form the Future CIC
Emma Peirce – Project Manager, Cambridge Ahead
Jane Paterson-Todd – CEO, Cambridge Ahead
Julie Belanger – Research Leader, RAND Europe*
Lynne Birch – Schools Advisor, Cambridge County Council (Curriculum, Teach and Learning Team)
Martin Wade – Schools Finance Manager, Cambridge County Council – Schools Finance Team
Natasha Spinks – Executive Personal Assistant and Office Manager, Cambridge Ahead
Neil Cuttell – City Deal Executive, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Shirley Jamieson – Head of Marketing, Cambridge Enterprise
Simon Humphrey – Corporate Responsibility Manager, ARM*
Suzanne Hemingway − Strategic Director, Cambridge City Council
Tim Oates – Group Director Assessment, Research & Development, Cambridge Assessment

* Member/Member organisation


The future of a successful and vibrant Cambridge is reliant on access to a suitable skilled workforce based on an integrated regional educational and skills ecosystem. Whilst there are a great many areas where the education and skills system is delivering in Cambridge, there are significant aspects were change is needed. At Cambridge Ahead we have elected to focus on three areas where we can make the most relevant and timely impact.


  1. To articulate and propose solutions for teacher shortages in the Cambridgeshire region
  2. To secure a fairer funding policy across all Cambridgeshire schools
  3. To drive the skills agenda through the advocacy and support for relevant and focussed apprenticeship initiatives

Project work streams

Two work streams have been created within the Project group:

  1. Education – currently covering teacher shortages and funding formula
  2. Skills – currently covering apprenticeships

Project details

Find out more about the Education work stream
Find out more about the Skills work stream

Achievements to date

Find out more about the achievements to date made by this group.