Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority appoint new chief executive
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has appointed a new CEO to succeed interim chief executive Gordon Mitchell.
Rob Bridge, who is currently the chief executive at North Northamptonshire Council, will take up the post in June.
“I am really looking forward to joining the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority,” said Mr Bridge, who lives in Cambridgeshire.
He continued: “This is a place that I both live in with my family and love. Working in the area in such a key role will be an honour.
“I look forward to working closely with the mayor and all the team at the Combined Authority along with its partners and stakeholders, and continuing to deliver the important ambitions for the area”.Mr Mr Bridge’s appointment was unanimously approved by the authority’s board at a meeting on Wednesday, March 22.
He has overseen the successful implementation of a wide range of projects and initiatives, including the establishment of North Northamptonshire Council as a new unitary authority in 2021.
Mr Bridge was previously chief executive of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, and prior to that spent eight years as corporate director and chief finance officer at Fenland District Council.
Mayor Dr Nik Johnson, said: “I’m delighted that after a thorough and detailed recruitment process for a new chief executive we have been able to appoint a new CEO of the experience and calibre of Rob.
“His appointment comes at a very good time; under Gordon Mitchell’s interim leadership as CEO, the Combined Authority has been under a very significant programme of change and transformation to make the organisation better set up for delivery and meeting the commitments of the devolution deal.
“Rob will be challenged to now take the Authority forward off the back of much more solid foundations which have been built up over the last nine months.
“I will be continuing to work with Gordon in the meantime as we look to prepare a smooth transition to Rob and taking forward that good work. I know Rob is very keen to hit the ground running and when he starts he is looking forward to meeting all of our partners at local councils and the wider community.”
Mr Bridge’s appointment follows a thorough recruitment process which included, a formal interview with the Combined Authority’s employment committee members and stakeholder engagement with a number of chief executives of the Combined Authority’s constituent authorities.