Overview

The Young Advisory Committee (YAC) exists to empower under-35s within CA member organisations to influence the long-term sustainable future of the Cambridge city region. This role is fulfilled through a number of working groups/subgroups that produce research, organise events and engage with the wider community. The Committee’s active subgroups focus on:

  • The Future of Work - Understanding and articulating the views of young professionals across the city about the changing nature of work, from the rise of hybrid and flexible work to the impact of AI
  • Sustainability – Exploring novel approaches to place-based decarbonisation, and supporting networks focusing on net zero and environmental protection in Cambridge
  • Housing Tribes – creating new research on the housing affordability challenge in Cambridge, with a focus on the housing needs of young people and the potential of diversifying housing types and tenures to better meet these needs
  • Policy - giving members of the Committee with an interest in politics and policy a chance to engage with CA and their wider network on the decisions that will influence the future of the city region

Members of the YAC have the opportunity to also sit on other CA groups to provide their insight into project work and to feed that back into the Committee.

Latest News & Insights

Over time we have built up an archive of useful research, publications and media articles – some our own and some from third parties – that serve as a useful resource for our Members, academics, business and other bodies and people interested in the future of Cambridge.

City of Quarters

Cambridge: A City of Quarters event - Watch our short video to learn more about the key messages of our City of Quarters report.

Cambridge Nature Network Project

The Young Advisory Committee is part of the Cambridge Nature Network project with the Wildlife Trust and Cambridge Past, Present and Future. The purpose of the project is to build a vision of an interconnected network of nature parks for the wildlife and people of the growing city of Cambridge.

Young Advisory Committee Co-Chair: Jacqueline Platt, Director, Deloitte

Jacqueline is a Director in Deloitte’s Assurance practice with 10 years of experience across various geographies focussing on the Life Sciences industry. She specialises supporting clients with large financial controls transformation projects and financial and controls audits, serving predominantly multinational groups that operate in a regulated environment (listed on LSE or NASDAQ) as well as fast-growing companies looking to IPO. She has been a member of the CA YAC since it was founded 5 years ago and has been the vice chair to Rob Carter for the last year.

Jacqueline arrived in Cambridge six years ago and lives on the edge of the city and is based in the Deloitte offices at 1 Station Square in CB1.

Being involved with an organisation like CA has been a brilliant catalyst to get to know the city and the people and organisations in it. The opportunity for collaboration, shaping the future and strengthening the dynamic eco system that being involved with CA brings is extremely valuable. Jacqueline said “Stepping into the YAC chair role is a privileged opportunity to lead an exceptional group of motivated individuals who are giving a voice to the next generation in Cambridge; influencing the city we want to inherit in a collaborative, inclusive and sustainable way.”

Young Advisory Committee Co-Chair: Jason Mellad, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Start Codon 

(Taking a hiatus until Spring 2025)

Jason is a scientist and entrepreneur, passionate about translating innovative technologies into better patient outcomes.

As CEO and Co-Founder of Start Codon, a UK-based accelerator, he aims to discover the most disruptive life science, BioTech and healthcare founders and help them translate their innovations into successful ventures. This is achieved through a combination of seed funding and a bespoke venture-building programme, which taps into the exceptional resources of the Cambridge cluster as well as the global network and knowledge of Jason and the Start Codon team.

Previously, he was CEO of Cambridge Epigenetix (now Biomodal) and Business Development Manager for Horizon Discovery’s diagnostics division. He also served as an associate for Cambridge Enterprise, the technology transfer office of the University of Cambridge.

Originally from Louisiana, Jason was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to complete his PhD in Medicine at the University of Cambridge (Clare College) after graduating Summa Cum Laude from Tulane University with a BSc in Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He is also a visiting Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, and lives in Cambridge with his husband and sons.

Photo credit: StillVision Photography

Project Group Members

  • Allia*: Natalie Boyle, Financial Controller
  • Aviva Investors*: Josh Robins, Asset Manager / Real Assets
  • Barclays Bank*: Liam Witten, Relationship Manager
  • Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge*: Lucy Hampton, Research Assistant / Nina Jorden, Research Associate 
  • Bidwells*: Eliza Griffiths, Graduate Residential Development Surveyor / Sebastian Corke, Graduate Residential Development Surveyor
  • Birketts*: Josie Beal, Senior Associate
  • Brockton Everlast*: Alexander Gunn, Associate
  • Cambridge Building Society*: Christy Rattle, Business Development Manager
  • First Intuition*: Chloe Mattick, Marketing, PR and Communications Executive
  • Howard Group*: Thomas Bewes, Asset Manager
  • Jagex*: Maria Miu, Senior Executive Assistant
  • The Jockey Club*: Grace Hockenhull, Group Property Surveyor
  • Marshall of Cambridge*: Henry Stark, External Relations Manager
  • Mills and Reeve*: Claudia Habergham, Trainee Solicitor
  • Mission Street*: Robin Creighton, Associate - Commercial & Asset Management / Simona Malinova, Associate Director
  • Morgan Sindall*: Ella Shuttleworth, Sustainability Manager
  • Mott MacDonald*: Catherine Baird, Associate Project Manager
  • RAND Europe*: Ed Bryan, Research Analyst
  • Rapleys*: Charles Alexander, Senior Surveyor
  • RG Carter*: Harry Porter, Project Surveyor 
  • Pigeon Investment Management*: Emma Butler, Graduate Surveyor 
  • Savills*: Molly Eyles, Senior Surveyor
  • SLB*: Sarah Patterson, Data Scientist / Weijia Du, Senior Data Scientist
  • St. John's College*: Erin Charles, Deputy Development Director
  • TTP Group*: Peter Jackson, Consultant
  • University of Cambridge*: Alastair Currie, Public Affairs Co-ordinator
  • Wellcome Sanger Institute*: David Nicholson, Policy Advisor / Jessica Lloyd, Management Trainee

*Member/Member Organisation

Cambridge Ahead:

  • Dan Thorp, CEO
  • Andrew McGowan, Director of Programmes and Partnerships
  • Alex Rossiter, Senior Policy Manager
  • Emma Pritchard, Policy and Research Officer

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