The growth research commissioned by Cambridge Ahead formed an important base for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Report (CPIER). This work is concentrated into three streams, namely:

  • Corporate data: developing compelling, repeatable and reportable data about companies’ growth in Cambridge and the wider region.
  • Qualitative research: complementary company research exploring the different aspects of managing high growth.
  • Spatial modelling: undertaking spatial land use modelling and developing land use and transport scenarios to influence future planning policies.

The current priority is leading the Cambridge Ahead contribution to the upcoming joint Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire (Greater Cambridge) Local Plan – inputting evidence and analysis to influence the spatial distribution of future housing and employment space.

The Regional Economic Planning Group is an evolution of the previous Growth Group, which was active in supporting the development of wider regional spatial strategies, for example, with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Data Highlights

Regional Economic Planning Group Chair: Matthew Bullock, Honorary Vice-Chair of Cambridge Ahead

Matthew is a Vice Chair of Cambridge Ahead and Chair of its Regional Economic Planning Group. He was Master of St Edmund's College from 2014-19.  Before that, he was a founding financier of the Cambridge Phenomenon in the 1970s and 1980s, and head of Barclays' technology financing team. He later became a Managing Director of BZW and then Barclays Capital, Chief Executive of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, and Chairman of TAP Biosciences plc, International House Trust Ltd and The Transforming Pathology Partnership. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Chairman of its Audit Committee. Previously he was a member of the Audit Committee of Cambridge University and a founding Advisory Board member of the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Project Group Members

  • Anglia Ruskin University* - James Rolfe, Chief Operating Officer
  • Aviva Investors* - Jonathan Bayfield, Head of UK Research
  • Bidwells* - Rob Hopwood, Partner - Planning Department / Guy Kaddish, Head of Cambridge Planning
  • Biomed Realty* - Matt Smith, Director
  • Bruntwood SciTech* - Jamie Clyde, Director, Southern Region and Innovation Services
  • Cambridge Ahead Honorary Vice-Chair* - Professor Peter Landshoff, Fellow of Christ’s College and Professor Emeritus University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge Ahead Honorary Vice-Chair* - Rory Landman, Fellow of Trinity College
  • Cambridge University Hospitals Partnership - Dr Araminta Ledger, Director of Campus Development / Kristin-Anne Rutter, Executive Director 
  • Carter Jonas* - Colin Brown, Partner
  • The Crown Estate* - Lucy Eaton, Head of Strategy & Business Development - Regional
  • Deloitte* - Caroline McDade, Director
  • First Intuition* - Gareth John, CEO
  • Hill* - Andy Hill, Group Chief Executive
  • Howard Group* - Werner Baumker, Group Director, Property
  • Jesus College* - Richard Anthony, Bursar
  • The Jockey Club* - William Gittus, Group Property Director
  • JLL* - Jon Neale, Head of Research
  • Lands Improvement Holdings - Katheryn Turner, Head of Planning
  • Mick George* - Michael George, Managing Director
  • Mott MacDonald* - Andrew Rawlings, Technical Director
  • Pigeon Investments* - James Buxton, Director
  • Rapleys* - Robert Clarke, Senior Partner / Richard Sykes-Popham, Partner
  • Savills* - Tom Fraser, Director
  • Socius Development Ltd* - Barry Jessup, Managing Director
  • St John’s College* - Chris Ewbank, Senior Bursar
  • U+I* / TOWN - Mike Bodkin, Head of Planning
  • University of Cambridge*, Dept. of Architecture - Dr Ying Jin, Reader in Architecture and Urbanism and Director of the Martin Centre
  • University of Cambridge*, Centre for Business Research - Dr Andy Cosh, Senior Research Associate and Dr Giorgio, Research Fellow
  • University of Cambridge* - Dr Gemma Burgess, Senior Research Associate
  • Water Resource East - Robin Price, Managing Director

*Member/Member Organisation

Cambridge Ahead:

  • Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO
  • Dan Thorp, Director of Policy and Programmes
  • Lawrence Morris, Manager of Policy and Programmes
  • Matilda Becker, Policy Officer

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