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External affairs cabinet member appointed to GPIA board

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 government initiative.

"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 economic growth."

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.

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