Andrew Limb

Assistant Chief Executive at Cambridge City Council

Assistant Chief Executive, Cambridge City Council
Continuing Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

As Assistant Chief Executive at Cambridge City Council, Andrew Limb has been responsible for negotiating with Government (alongside colleagues from the County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, the University & LEP) the Greater Cambridge City Deal, worth up to £500m.

He also leads the work of the Council’s Democratic Services, Corporate Communications, and Strategy teams; leads on climate change strategy, working to mainstream a more strategic approach to sustainability across the Council; and is responsible for the development of the Council’s Anti-Poverty Strategy. He supports and advises the Leader of the Council and other councillors on corporate and strategic initiatives and services (particularly those relating to accountability, transparency and efficiency).

Previously, Andrew spent seventeen years in the civil service. He has experience of working alongside both failing and high-performing political and managerial teams in local authorities across the East of England, and of working with senior civil servants and Ministers in central Government. From 2003 to 2010 he worked at the Government Office for the East of England, first as Head of the Regional Strategy Team, then as Team Leader, Local Area Agreements, and finally as Deputy Director, Partnerships & Performance.

From 1998 to 2003 he was Cabinet Office Team Leader for Civil Service Reform, advising Ministers and negotiating with Departments to secure Whitehall-wide implementation of policy on deregulation, funding stream rationalisation and organisational change. This period included a secondment to Sweden to study public sector management and reform, and contribute to a Swedish agency governance project. Prior to this he worked as a Private Secretary to the Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office, and as a policy advisor in the Openness Policy Team.

Andrew holds a BA in Politics and Economic & Social History from the University of Sheffield and an MA in the Sociology of Sport from the University of Leicester.

  • 18 June 2024, 9:30am

    2024 CSaP Annual Conference

    The announcement of the General Election on 4 July offers a unique and timely opportunity for our conference speakers and participants to explore a wide spectrum of possibilities in areas such as innovation and productivity; healthcare and prevention; and nature recovery and climate. Academics and policy professionals will present their latest work and its implications for public policy.

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    2024 CSaP Annual Cleevely Lecture: Dr Dave Smith, National Technology Adviser

    The Government, science policy, and products - from concept to consumer: After six months as the first full time National Technology Adviser, Dave Smith will reflect on how UK government investment in the science base supports our private sector and how the Science and Technology Framework guides government innovation policy today.