The Young Advisory Committee was created to ensure Cambridge Ahead remains current for the future workforce by capturing the thinking of under 35-year-olds about their future and their ideas for the future of Cambridge. Representatives from the majority of our member organisations have joined this young group, which will provide input directly into our project groups.

Young Advisory Committee Chair: Rob Carter, Director, RG Carter

Rob Carter is a Regional Director at RG Carter, a family owned business, established in 1921 and renowned for its diverse range of high-quality construction services. With specific board responsibility for various office operations across the Firm, including RG Carter Cambridge Limited, he has helped deliver many prestigious projects within Cambridge in sectors such as Life Sciences, Commercial, Historic Refurbishment and Education, specialising in complex ‘one off’ schemes.

Rob is keen to develop and help give young people opportunities in the work place and is a dedicated ambassador of the in-house training centre, Carter Academy. After fifty years of commitment to training, it is still central to the business, with over 40 young people starting construction management or craft apprenticeships every year.

Rob Carter, Director, RG Carter added: “I am extremely proud to be representing this group of incredibly talented and enthusiastic individual rising stars from some of Cambridge’s most influential organisations.  If we are to be successful in developing and improving both our commercial and community activities, it’s important that this group have a platform to voice their aspirations and ideas.  I passionately believe these young professionals can help influence and steer us to delivering a realistic and successful future for this wonderful, vibrant city.”

Project Team Members

  • Addenbrookes: Will Cox, Strategy Manager
  • Allia: David Broach, Project Compliance and Performance Manager
  • Barclays Bank*: Liam Witten, Relationship Manager
  • Bidwells: Hannah Beamish, Associate, Residential Development
  • AstraZeneca: Rachel Bunting, Brexit Programme Project Coordinator
  • BioMed Realty: Orestis Tzortzoglou, Development Director
  • Birketts: Oli Worth, Senior Associate, Construction and Engineering
  • Cambridge Ahead: Sophie Thwaites, Team Secretary
  • Cambridge Consultants: Alex Joseph, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Global Medical Technology Division
  • Carter Jonas: Kimberley Brown, Associate
  • Deloitte: Jacqueline Platt, Manager, Audit and Assurance
  • Grosvenor: Charlotte Sythes, Development Manager
  • Jesus College: Ryan Cullum, College Development Officer
  • Marshall of Cambridge*: Henry Stark, Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Mills and Reeve: Alex Round, Associate / Douglas McDonald, Principal Associate
  • HSBC: Ed Dunham, Manager
  • Morgan Sindall: Alex Pett, Graduate Site Manager
  • The Perse School: Jackie Sharpe, Project Manager
  • RAND Europe: Jack Jakins, Communications Assistant
  • RG Carter: David Jefferies, Framework Manager
  • Savills: Abigail Jones, Associate, Development
  • St John’s College: Ellie Cullum, HR Manager
  • Strutt & Parker: Anna Law, Graduate Rural Surveyor
  • TTP Group: Harry Bullivant, Consultant
  • TWI: Henry Begg, Section Manager, Surface Engineering
  • University of Cambridge: Aaron Cohen-Gold, Public Affairs Manager (Regional)

Cambridge Ahead:

  • Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO
  • Dan Thorp, Director of Policy and Programmes
  • Natasha Spinks, Project Manager
  • Sophie Thwaites, Team Secretary

Progress to date

Newly created, the Young Advisory Committee has been exploring what the Cambridge Ahead priorities mean for younger generations and how to support specific work across the other Cambridge Ahead groups.

Our goal with the Committee is to give a voice to younger people in the debates and decisions which are shaping the next phase of Cambridge’s growth. The focus to date has been to identify where the immediate opportunities lie to make best use of our collective voice.

Into the future

High on our agenda right now is the quality of life work and the collection of underpinning data. At the outset, we want to understand what it is that all people value most in having a good quality of life, and from that we can contribute to the policy work to develop a framework. Our support will continue into the next important stage of undertaking research so that we have a firm benchmark of quality of life in Cambridge today, from which we can understand the impact as the city grows.  

We are also inputting to the progressive work within the housing workstream. We are exploring the needs and requirements of younger workers within Cambridge’s highly strained housing market. To do this, we are looking into examples from across the world of innovative provision that can meet this intermediate gap in the market.

Latest Research & Publications

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.


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