The Operational Board

Find out more about the individuals that make up our Operational Board below.

Ian Mather, Chairman, Cambridge Ahead

Ian Mather was one of the founders of Cambridge Ahead and has been Chairman since 2014. He is a solicitor who has worked in Cambridge for over 30 years and most recently headed the office of Mills & Reeve. Ian has always played an active part in the business community. He was a commissioner in the London, Stansted, Cambridge, Consortium Growth Commission which reported in 2016. Ian chairs the Management Board of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic review (CPIER). He has been Chairman of Cambridge Arts theatre since 2015 and is a Trustee of Cambridge United Community Trust.

Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO, Cambridge Ahead

Prior to her appointment at Cambridge Ahead, Jane’s career spanned both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including roles as CEO of a London-based theatre, the Group Commercial Director of Emap Conferences, Head of Development at the Barbican Art Centre, and over 11 years in national media advertising including The Telegraph, The Times and women’s consumer magazines, Elle and Elle Decoration.

Duncan McCunn, Corporate Director, Barclays

Duncan leads on growth in the Large Corporate team for Barclays in the Eastern Region. Barclays is proud to be Banker to some of the most important companies and institutions in the Region, including many of the members of Cambridge Ahead. Over the last 30 years in the Banking industry, Duncan has developed a personal specialism in Corporate Finance and wider Relationship Management. He lives in Cambridge and is fully committed to the further development of the area.

Andy Williams, Vice-President Cambridge Strategy and Operations, AstraZeneca

Andy works closely with Cambridge and national stakeholders to develop the local infrastructure, promoting the life sciences sector and inspiring the next generation of scientists through MedImmune and AstraZeneca extensive local community outreach activities. With the arrival of AstraZeneca’s global head office and new strategic R&D centre in Cambridge, Andy has been an active contributor to evolving Cambridge’s thinking in areas like transport, skill development, amenities for the community and affordable housing.

Dr David Cleevely, Chairman, Cambridge Wireless

Dr David Cleevely CBE, FREng, FIET is an entrepreneur who has founded a series of companies including Abcam, Analysys, 3waynetworks and others. Dr Cleevely is the Chairman of Raspberry Pi, founding Chairman of the Cambridge Science Centre and the Founding Director of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge as well as acting as a government advisor. He also co-founded Cambridge Network, Cambridge Wireless, Cambridge Angels and the award-winning restaurant Bocca di Lupo.

Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University (Chair of the Cambridge Ahead Education and Skills Group)

Professor Martin studied medicine at the University of Leeds and completed postgraduate training in Surgery in Yorkshire, concluding as Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leeds. He then took up the role of Senior Lecturer and Consultant Surgeon at the University of Leeds and the Leeds General Infirmary. During his time in Leeds he developed an ongoing interest in Higher Education more widely.  In 2000, Professor Martin moved to the University of Auckland, New Zealand, as Professor of Surgery. Over the next 13 years he held a variety of roles including Deputy Vice Chancellor with responsibility for external and international engagement. In 2012 he moved to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, a position he held until his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.

Jeremy Newsum, Honorary Vice Chairman, Cambridge Ahead

Jeremy Newsum FRICS is an Honorary Vice Chairman of Cambridge Ahead and was inaugural Chairman for the first six months of our existence. He was Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, until he stepped down from this role at the end of 2016. He is also a director of Grupo Lar, a trustee of the Evelyn Trust and a member of the Investment Committee of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Matthew Bullock, Master, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge (Chair of the Cambridge Ahead Growth Group)

In addition to being Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and a Vice Chairman of Cambridge Ahead, Matthew was a founding financier of the Cambridge Phenomenon in the 1970s and 1980s. He became a Managing Director of BZW and then Barclays Capital, Chief Executive of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society, and Chairman of TAP Biosciences plc, International House Trust Ltd and The Transforming Pathology Partnership. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Chairman of its Audit Committee. Previously he was a member of the Audit Committee of Cambridge University and a founding Advisory Board member of the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Nicholas Bewes, CEO, Howard Ventures

Nicholas is the CEO of Howard Group, a family owned business which began in 1935 and is based in Cambridge.   He has been at Howard Group for the past 20 years leading the Group through a period of sustained growth and evolution.

Prior to the Howard Group, Nicholas worked at The BOC Group where he joined as a graduate. He held a variety of roles during his ten years at the Group, which included change management, marketing and communications, product development and global supply management.

Patrick McMahon, Senior Partner, Bidwells

Patrick is Senior Partner at Bidwells, a 179-year-old property consultancy based in Cambridge and committed to securing the brightest of futures for this special city. Patrick has more than 25 years’ experience in the property industry and was elected as Senior Partner in 2010, combining the role with that of Strategic Advisor to some of the firm’s major investment and development clients. Patrick is the lead partner for the award-winning CB1 scheme in Cambridge, a key development area of the city. He is also working across the Golden Triangle of Cambridge, London and Oxford on mixed-use regeneration schemes where Bidwells provides strategic development advice, financial modelling, funding, planning and leasing services on a coordinated basis.


Alex became Regulation Director at Anglian Water in 2017, having spent two years leading on regulatory policy and market reform. Previously he worked as Director of Regulation at Royal Mail, Executive Director for Economy, Transport & Environment at Cambridgeshire County Council, and Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Horizons, driving forward the delivery of sustainable new communities in Cambridgeshire. Earlier in his career he worked at HM Treasury on productivity, competition and regulation policy, and at the Civil Aviation Authority as Head of Economic Policy & International Aviation.

Alex is also a Board Member for the independent urban policy think tank, the Centre for Cities.

Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor - Enterprise and Business Relations, University of Cambridge

Professor Andy Neely is a former Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and of the Manufacturing and Management Division of Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College and Founding Director of the Cambridge Service Alliance. He is widely recognized for his work on the servitization of manufacturing, as well as his work on performance measurement and management. Previously he has held appointments at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Churchill College and Nottingham University, where he completed his PhD and British Aerospace. He was Deputy Director of AIM Research from 2003 until 2012 and was elected a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association in 2009.

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Sarah Brereton, Director, Limewash
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