Strategic leadership

Strong strategic leadership and collaborative working, founded in mutual trust and confidence are key to the success of the Strategic Alliance.

This philosophy extends from the collective recognition across the membership of the core purposes of this Alliance model which are that:

  • Strategic infrastructure issues (and solutions) extend beyond any one single area.
  • Issues that are common to one or more areas can benefit from a co-ordinated response.
  • The need for stronger integration of investment by Government, its agencies, local authorities, as well as infrastructure and service providers.
  • To push the case for investment through a single voice and at the right scale to have impact and success.

The Alliance Leadership shares a common aim, to look beyond current successes and:

  • Address identified barriers to economic activity (both existing and planned growth).
  • Raise productivity to match, and where possible exceed, that of our global competitors.

To achieve this requires the Strategic Alliance to:

  • Strip away duplication, remove inefficiencies, enable faster, more agile decisions.
  • Simplify funding streams wherever possible so that the time (and cost) taken to develop proposals and get them delivered on the ground is reduced.
  • Provide greater certainty for private sector investors thereby encouraging them to commit sooner to investments with greater confidence.

The Strategic Alliance Leadership

Martin Tett

Martin Tett


Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council

James Jamieson

James Jamieson


​Leader, Central Bedfordshire Council

Heather Smith 

Heather Smith

​Strategic Transport Forum Chair

Leader, Northamptonshire County Council

Leadership members

  • Ian Hudspeth – Leader, Oxfordshire County Council
  • Steve Count – Leader, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson – Bedford Borough Council
  • Hazel Simmons – Leader, Luton Council
  • Peter Marland – Leader, Milton Keynes Council
  • Jeremy Long – Chair, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Dr Ann Limb CBE DL – Chair, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Andrew Smith – Chairman, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership

The Strategic Alliance Secretariat

  • Martin Tugwell – Programme Director
  • Adam King – Programme Communications Executive
  • Lyndsey Cox – Programme Executive
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