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Experts including Dame Kate Barker and Dr David Cleevely have been tasked with seeking more powers for the wider Cambridge area

David Cleevely
David Cleevely

A body is being set up to decide whether Cambridgeshire and Peterborough should have more money and powers from central government.

An independent economic commission has been set up, chaired by economist Dame Kate Barker and including other prominent experts in the fields of business, academia and economics, who are undertaking a major review of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough economy.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) is being launched today, January 8.

Dame Kate Barker said: “I am pleased to have been invited to chair this important initiative.

“This area has seen strong economic growth, and to sustain that performance over coming decades we must plan now for the vital infrastructure needed.

“In addition, we will consider how the benefits of the thriving economy can be used to tackle some of the inequalities which presently exist.”

As part of its initial study the commission is setting out a call for evidence to gather intelligence and research from organisations and individuals who have experience and understanding in this area.

The aim is to provide a clear understanding of the priorities which can help local stakeholders to unite behind a common strategy.

The brief can be found at www.cpier.org.uk with details on how to submit.

The review will consider how a coherent economic growth strategy can be developed for the whole sub-regional economy, encompassing Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the relationship with adjacent local authority areas in the LEP area.

The review is jointly funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, The GCGP LEP and by Cambridge Ahead.

Dame Kate Barker is joined on the Commission by:

Dr David Cleevely CBE as Vice Chair. David has founded several successful companies in Cambridge and was the Founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Diane Coyle CBE, a leading economist, former member of the Manchester Independent Economic Review and recently appointed as Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Lord David Willetts former Minister of State for Universities and Science.

Sir David Arculus, advisor to Government and former Managing Director of Emap - the media group.

Warren East, Chief Executive of Rolls Royce and former CEO of ARM.

Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and advisor to the NHSE and PHE on the relationship between work and health.

Matthew Bullock Master of St Edmunds College Cambridge and who is also leading the economic research.

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University of Cambridge and former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing.

Mark Dorsett, Global HR Director for Caterpillar

Professor Alan Hughes, previously Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and Professor of Enterprise Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School.

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