Michael Burton, the Peterborough City Council cabinet member with
responsibility for external affairs, has been appointed to the board
of Greater Peterborough Investment Agency (GPIA).
With experience at a senior level in
international business, Mr Burton is spearheading the council's
economic development strategy by co-ordinating a number of local,
regional and national initiatives.
GPIA chairman John Durance said:
"We are pleased to have the benefit of Mike's extensive business
experience in providing strategic direction, not only for GPIA but for
a number of inter-linked organisations that promise to contribute
significant benefits for the future of the Peterborough area."
Mr Burton, 69, added: "Both the
Greater Peterborough Partnership and GPIA play a crucial role together
with other organisations in Peterborough's economic development. GPP
has been designated as our Local Strategic Partnership under a recent
"We also need to co-ordinate
other projects - such as proposals for an Urban Regeneration Company
and a bid for European Funding under the Urban II programme - to
ensure that we have a coherent plan that avoids wasteful duplication
of resources. Taken together, these organisations and proposals
represent a substantial opportunity for Peterborough's continuing
After a 38-year RAF career culminating
in a post as attaché at the British Embassy in Paris, Mr Burton was
managing director of the London-based British division of a
French-owned aerospace electronics company for almost 15 years.
He and his wife moved to Peterborough
16 years ago, since when he has operated as a consultant in the
electronics and defence systems sector. He has been a city councillor
for five years and a Bretton parish councillor for four years.