Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Two new trustees appointed.

New Trustees
Rob Hammond and Harriet Hunnable
Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) has appointed two new trustees: Rob Hammond, former CEO of Cambridge City Council; and Harriet Hunnable, an experienced commodities specialist who lives in Cambridge and works for Macquarie – an Australian Investment Bank. Both have been appointed to serve a four-year term for the charity.

Rob is best known in Cambridge for leading the city council for almost 20 years. During his time as CEO he helped steer the city through a period of major growth getting key projects like the Grand Arcade development under way, while respecting the architectural fabric of the historic town centre. Since his retirement in June 2009, Rob has been working as a part-time consultant in the management and improvement of local councils and continues to take an active interest in cultural life and community services in Cambridge.

Harriet’s appointment as a trustee builds on her existing involvement with the charity’s finance and development committees. She recently coordinated the team’s participation in Chariots of Fire, which raised more than £2,000 in sponsorship.

Commenting on his appointment Rob said: “One of the first things I did when I retired as CEO of the council was to join CambridgePPF. Being a member of the society is a great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the city and make a valuable contribution to Cambridge life. Despite the recession, Cambridge continues to grow at a fast pace. CambridgePPF has an essential role to play in championing good design, positively influencing planning developments and protecting some of the city’s most treasured green spaces – all for the benefit of local residents. I look forward to working with the rest of the CambridgePPF board to help keep Cambridge special.”

Carolin Göhler, CEO of CambridgePPF said: “Since relaunching last year we have worked hard to raise our profile with Cambridge residents and local government contacts. As a result our membership has increased by almost 50%. In addition, we are more recognised as an independent body that can put forward well-informed opinions about the overall strategic growth of Cambridge and provide constructive comments about individual developments to ensure that they are of the highest possible quality as they enter the formal planning process. Having Rob and Harriet on board is testimony to our reputation and renewed status in the city. With the coalition government devolving decision-making and planning local enterprise partnerships, there will be lots of opportunities for CambridgePPF to take on new responsibilities and the support and guidance of our trustees will be invaluable.”

Rob and Harriet will work alongside Francis Burkitt and Professor Peter Landshoff, who were both re-elected to serve a second four-year term. Harriet and Rob succeed Valerie Holt, who resigned from her position earlier this year, and Nick Barnes who served as a trustee for eight years and completed two full terms of office.


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