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East Anglia Productivity Forum

The East of England area covers the traditionally rural areas of East Anglia including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, and the neighbouring counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, which form part of the London commuter belt. It is home to 2.5 million and accounts for 9.3% of the UK population. Within the area, there are places and people that are doing well and experiencing high living standards and places where people struggle. And even within those places seen to be achieving, there are large disparities.

The East Anglia Productivity Forum is led by the University of Cambridge. It is involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Members include stakeholders from policy, community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises.

Key Contacts

Katy Davies

East Anglia Forum Chair
Shift Momentum

Owen Garling

Owen Garling

East Anglia Forum Lead
University of Cambridge

Burcu Sevde Selvi

East Anglia Forum Research Associate
University of Cambridge


Diane Coyle

University of Cambridge

Chris Starkie

New Anglia LEP

Tom Hennessy

Opportunity Peterborough

Fiona McDiarmid

Norfolk County Council

Claire Ruskin

Cambridge Network

Andy Williams


Alexander Cisinski-O'Donnell

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Dan Thorp

Cambridge Ahead

Elspeth Lees

Higher Education Eastern Colleges Group

Mark Searcey

University of East Anglia

C-J Green

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership

Andrew Harston

Associated British Ports

Rachel Stopard

Greater Cambridge Partnership

Tony Jones

One Nucleus

Tim Whitley


Laraine Moody

West Suffolk College

Ayantola Alayande

University of Cambridge

Lynne Miles

Greater Cambridge Partnership

Adam Thorp

East of England Local Government Association

Mary Elford

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Howard Partridge

Innovate UK

Rosanne Wijnberg

New Anglia

Ross Renton

Anglia Ruskin University Peterborough

Lisa Perkins

Adastral Park

Tim Robinson

Tech UK East of England

Johnathan Reynolds


East Anglia’s current public governance structure – like those of many places – have emerged in a piecemeal fashion over time. Regional co-ordination is an issue. Public sector governance is fragmented and has developed in a piecemeal fashion, with one Combined Authority covering the county of Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough, two Local Enterprise Partnerships, and 47 Local Authority Districts.