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19 November, 2018 - 09:48 By Tony Quested

Fear new chair of Cambridge Ahead while Braben takes transport role

Harriet Fear, formerly CEO at life science gateway One Nucleus, is the new chair of Cambridge Ahead which is working to steer sustainable growth for the UK and Europe’s leading Science & Technology cluster.

She succeeds former mills & Reeve lawyer Ian Mather, who has chaired the organisation since its creation in 2013.

A career diplomat for over 20 years with the British Foreign Office, Harriet Fear served in 17 countries in various roles. Since 2003, she has worked at the heart of the Cambridge business ecosystem – as chief executive of One Nucleus (the international membership organisation for life science and healthcare) and more recently as director of Business & Skills (interim) for the Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. 

She is a long-standing member of Cambridge Ahead and a strong advocate and champion for ‘the Case for Cambridge’ and Cambridge Ahead’s role within the CPIER.

Fear said: “There are huge opportunities at what feels like a pivotal time across the area – with the launch of the Cambridge and Peterborough Independent Economic Review and growth being so strong. However, I am also keenly aware of the challenges. 

“I know that the Cambridge Ahead membership will bring its exceptional talents to bear on influencing the future direction of the region and the ambition we collectively have of achieving the highest possible quality of life for all.”

Cambridge Ahead has also appointed a new programme director to the core team.

Lisa McLean joins from Serco Anglian Support Partnership and brings 14 years’ experience leading challenging, diverse projects and transformation programmes across public, private and voluntary sectors.

Jane Paterson-Todd, chief executive of Cambridge Ahead said that having focused on research, analysis and reporting, the organisation was now moving into a new phase of influence. 

It is creating a new Policy Group, which will be chaired by Alex Plant, director at Anglian Water. It has also introduced a new Advisory Group aimed specifically at those under 35. The objective is to ensure Cambridge Ahead captures this group’s thinking about their future and their ideas for the future of Cambridge. Rob Carter, director at RG Carter has agreed to spearhead this group.

Additional Chair appointments have also been confirmed across the Housing, Transport and Skills Groups with one of the most prominent appointments that of Dave Braben, CEO & founder of video games innovator Frontier Developments heading the transport initiative.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Harriet Fear

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