Beyond the Arc: Meeting Local Aspirations Alongside Regional Expansion (Oxford)

Curtin&Co invites you to join us at our breakfast event in Oxford on Thursday 10th October for a discussion with the top decision-makers from each end of the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

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The fallout from May’s local elections in Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire is still settling down. A number of Councils changed political control. Dramatic swings from the Conservatives to the Lib Dems, alongside many more Independents and Greens (and Labour holding control of both Oxford and Cambridge city councils) makes for a patchwork quilt of priorities and agendas.

Our expert panel will help us understand the key issues and drivers in both Cambridge and Oxford, the two powerhouses of growth, and how far the visions which were originally established for the ARC are relevant in this new political climate?

Among other topics, we will be asking:

  • Is there local buy-in to the Arc vision or is it a distraction from local political priorities?
  • Are the housing targets for Oxfordshire and Cambridgeshire realistic in the current political climate?
  • Is Central Government infrastructure funding sufficient and if not how can the extra finance be raised?
  • Does the Arc create an identifiable vision for future economic growth?
  • How can authorities find collaborative ways of working that give certainty to investors?

We are delighted to announce our guest speakers:

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
James Palmer is now in his third year as Cambridgeshire’s Mayor and is leading on a number of huge infrastructure projects including the ambitious CAM Metro, the dualling of the A47 as well as, of course, the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. Gaining his perspective will be invaluable to seeing how the Arc fits into his many priorities for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and his vision for the County.


Cllr Sue Brown, Leader of Oxford Council
Cllr Susan Brown is Leader of Oxford City Council. Oxford’s cultural, academic and economic heartbeat drives a region focused on delivering housing, jobs and inward investment. Cllr Brown’s role leading the drive for growth and investment in Oxford gives her a unique insight into the demands, constraints and opportunities faced by Local Authorities and partners delivering ambitious and economically vital growth agendas. 


Bev Hindle, Director-Oxfordshire Growth Board
Bev Hindle has become Director of the Oxfordshire Growth Board and Director of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc Leaders and Chief Executive Groups. He was Oxfordshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Communities and prior to this was lead Officer for Planning and Transport at Bracknell Forest Council.  Bev will help drive the growth to this important strategic corridor.


Beyond the Arc: Meeting Local Aspirations Alongside Regional Expansion (Oxford)
With guest speakers James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Cllr Sue Brown, Leader of Oxford Council and Bev Hindle, Director-Oxfordshire Growth Board
Date: Thursday 10th October
Venue: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Time: 8am – 11am (with talks beginning at 8:30am)

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