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Mayor Dr Nik Johnson’s campaign mastermind becomes his strategic advisor

The former Fleet Street journalist who helped mastermind Dr Nik Johnson’s successful campaign to become the new mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been appointed as his strategic advisor.

Nigel Pauley, who also worked with Dr Johnson on his 2017 general election campaign for the constituency of Huntingdon and organised his winning district council campaign for St Neots East in 2018, took up the £78,000-a-year job on June 3.

Nigel Pauley has been appointed as strategic advisor to mayor Dr Nik Johnson. Picture: Combined Authority
Nigel Pauley has been appointed as strategic advisor to mayor Dr Nik Johnson. Picture: Combined Authority

The Combined Authority said the role was advertised and 12 candidates applied. Three were shortlisted and were interviewed by chief executive Kim Sawyer and HR manager Martin Jaynes, with the mayor observing.

Mr Pauley helped to create Dr Johnson’s 3Cs message, which stresses how policies will be centred around the core values of compassion, co-operation and community.

The mayor said: “It was great to see a strong level of interest in a role which will be vital in supporting me embed my priorities of compassion, co-operation and community in everything the Combined Authority does. Nigel will be challenged to help me effect real change in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in everything from better public transport, building more affordable homes, improving skills levels, boosting businesses and creating a greener, healthier region for all.”

Mr Pauley, who is married with three children and lives near Huntingdon, said: “I am delighted to have got the job. It is an important role and I look forward to working with the mayor and helping spread his message of the ‘3Cs’ across the Combined Authority.”

Mr Pauley began his journalism career at the Hunts Post in Huntingdon before working in Fleet Street at the Daily Mirror, Express Newspapers and the Sunday Mirror, before going freelance in radio, writing and media training. He worked across news, desk jobs, features, showbiz, motoring and columns, and made TV and radio appearances.

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