Smarter Cambridge Transport

A message from Edward Leigh, September 2018

I am very proud of what the Smarter Cambridge Transport (SCT) team have achieved over the past three years, and the relationships we have built – with politicians, council officers and others. We have helped to raise the quality of debate and broaden the scope of transport solutions under consideration.

For various reasons, SCT now needs to transition to become a more formally-structured, self-sustaining organisation. One of those reasons is that, as we grow bigger and more influential, it becomes more important that we are clear about who we speak for and with what authority.

Another reason is that I will not be able to continue to do what has become almost a full-time unpaid job. I have moved temporarily to Leeds to do an MSc in Transport Economics. Having reached a natural break in my career (in IT and marketing), and inspired by what I’ve learnt with Smarter Cambridge Transport, I’ve decided on a change of career. The two greatest influences on what happens in transport are economics and politics (not necessarily in that order), so I thought I’d start with the economics and see where it leads me.

Over the past few months, I have been drawing up a plan for how SCT can transition. Now we need to pull the pieces together to make it happen:

  1. Raise seed funding – grants/donations (up to £5,000)
  2. Appoint people to the steering group (up to about five)
  3. Commission expert guidance to assist the steering group on governance, legal, financial and other matters

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these ways, please let me know and I’ll send you a copy of the plan:

  • Identify suitable grants
  • Submit grant applications
  • Contact supporters to seek donations
  • Identify potential advisers (paid or voluntary)
  • Be part of the steering group
  • Offer advice or guidance

Thank you!

Kind regards,
Edward Leigh

Alternatively, you can add your name to our supporters here.

Edward Leigh

Edward Leigh is the leader of Smarter Cambridge Transport, chair and independent co-opted member of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, chair of the South Petersfield Residents Association, business owner, consultant, and occasional blogger about making the world and Cambridge a better place to live.

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