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Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority chief executive quits £203,000-a-year role

The chief executive of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has quit her £203,000-a-year role after being in the post for less than a year.

Eileen Milner has handed in her notice
Eileen Milner has handed in her notice

Eileen Milner, who was formerly chief executive and accounting officer of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), handed in her notice last month.

The government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is aware of Ms Milner’s decision and the reasons for it.

A Combined Authority spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the chief executive has given notice of her resignation from the authority. We will commence the process of finding a suitable replacement in due course.”

The Combined Authority also confirmed that there were “ongoing whistleblowing matters”, which the Cambridge Independent understands do not relate to Ms Milner. The authority would not comment on them further at this stage.

Ms Milner, who lives in South Cambridgeshire, took up the role at the Combined Authority at the end of last year.

She took over the position at the Combined Authority, which has a budget of approximately £170million a year, from joint chief executives Kim Sawyer and John Hill. They were appointed initially in interim positions following the departure in August 2018 of Martin Whiteley, while Conservative James Palmer was mayor.

The Cambridge Independent has approached DLUHC for comment.

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