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Could you be Cambridge Ahead's new Policy Advisor?


Cambridge Ahead is a business and academic member organisation that exists to be a catalyst for the success of Cambridge and quality of life across the city region.

Representing 46 of the most influential organisations in the Cambridge region and working closely with Central and Local Government, Cambridge Ahead led the production of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) and is now committed to supporting the implementation of the 27 recommendations made by Dame Kate Barker and the Commission.

Cambridge Ahead is leading on the following activities:

  • Creating a Quality of Life Framework to guide future growth decision-making at the local level, and ensure elements like natural capital are well planned for
  • Evidence and analysis to shape upcoming local and strategic spatial planning – such as the Greater Cambridge Local Plan
  • Research into the provision and quality of career guidance in secondary schools
  • Exploration of solutions to overcome the energy and water growth challenges faced locally
  • Advising the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership on the delivery of the Cambridge Autonomous Metro (CAM)
  • Developing new affordable housing policy and products that meet the needs of the city worker demographics that the Cambridge economy is dependent upon

A new role is now being created to bring policy research, analysis and advice capacity to the Cambridge Ahead team – working across the wide-ranging local growth agenda.

Working with the Director of Policy and Programmes, this role will involve desktop work as well as active engagement with Cambridge Ahead member organisations and local stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Undertaking research and applying critical analysis to a variety of topics
  • Contributing policy thinking and drafting material for Cambridge Ahead project group activities
  • Developing responses to statutory consultations and submissions to Government
  • Engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to understand business and academia attitudes towards key policy agendas, and supporting Cambridge Ahead to respond
  • Working with Cambridge Ahead Member organisations to offer expertise in understanding Government policy-making processes

To view the full details click here.


This is a full-time role, although part-time arrangements will be considered if necessary. Competitive salary offered.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact: Dan Thorp, Director of Policy and Programmes – Cambridge Ahead dan@cambridgeahead.co.uk / 07866 846292

To express your interest in the role please send your CV and a supporting statement to the above email address by 5pm Friday 14 February.


07548 832 833


Sarah Brereton, Director, Limewash
07796 583 223

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