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Exeter City Futures have reached a significant milestone on our journey to creating a more healthy, inclusive and sustainable City of Exeter as we are excited to announce that the Exeter College, the University of Exeter and Devon County Council have confirmed membership of our Community Interest Company (CIC) board alongside Exeter City Council and Global City Futures.

This is an incredibly important step forward for collaboration across Exeter and the wider region, as this is the first time key organisations in the City have joined forces and committed to working together as a collaborative city in tackling our 12 transformational goals. Our 12 goals include: Reducing the Dominance of Cars, Half of all journeys walked or cycled, Reliable Journeys and Resilient Roads and Clean Air for Exeter.



Key quotes from our new directors:


“Although global in outlook, the University of Exeter is rooted in place. We are delighted to be part of Exeter City Futures and the opportunity that this provides for our community to work towards a shared vision of a vibrant and successful city.”  – Chris Evans, Assistant Director (Regional Impact & Innovation), University of Exeter


“The work of ECF CIC has had a major impact on how we talk about the City Region and this has now been captured in the Exeter Industrial Strategy and the City 2040 Vision. ECF CIC has acted as a disrupter that has challenged how the City thinks and has driven a stronger, bolder vision. We are now preparing the ground for major policy shifts, a strong approach to innovation, and whole system change. ECF is an illustration of how a public private partnership can achieve success” – Karime Hassan, Chief Executive & Growth Director, Exeter City Council


“Exeter College fully supports the Exeter City Futures programme and commit to collaborating with partners across the city to realise the ambitions for an even greater Exeter. I look forward to working with the rest of the board and Exeter City Futures to develop collaborative solutions enabling inclusive growth and a thriving, healthy city for everyone” – Rob Bosworth, Vice Principal, Exeter College


“Devon County Council are delighted to be involved in this partnership, as it brings together organisations who can influence behaviour change on a city-wide level. We recognise that there are challenges ahead to support Exeter’s continued economic growth, while also promoting healthy, active lifestyles for its citizens. – Jamie Hulland, Transportation Strategy & Road Safety Manager, Devon County Council


‘Global City Futures are delighted to be working with so many local and like-minded businesses whose collective purpose in supporting social and environmental standards are palpable. As a team, we are excited to work towards a more healthy, inclusive and sustainable City of Exeter.’ Glenn Woodcock, Chief Executive, Global City Futures.


It has also been revealed that the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is the latest member to join the Exeter City Future’s Community Interest Company (CIC) board.


“Those who live and work in Exeter are all too familiar with the increase in cars on the roads. The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation were keen to join Exeter City Futures’ Community Interest Company board in order to help shape the solutions for a healthier, more efficient travel strategy for the city. As a major employer of over 8,000 staff and regularly seeing over 2,000 patient visits per day, the RD&E can make a direct impact. Recent headlines on air pollution and the associated health concerns caused by cars, is just one of the issues that the ‘Everyone’s Exeter’ campaign looks to tackle, and I hope those living and working in Exeter will help support change.” Chris Tidman, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust



Our new CIC board will be working closely with our Programme Director, Liz O’Driscoll to create a plan to deliver our 12 Goals that takes into account the current projects happening around the City, and the barriers we need to overcome.


“We are thrilled to have some of the biggest employers in Exeter join us on this journey and become a member of the Exeter City Futures CIC. We believe it is crucial that the heads of these key Exeter organisations come together in this formal way to demonstrate a city-wide commitment to creating a better Exeter.” – Liz O’Driscoll, Programme Director, Exeter City Futures.


The challenges that the City of Exeter face will require a significant level of change in the way it operates, to promote sustainable growth and foster innovative solutions to the challenges Exeter faces as one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. It will require input from the whole city: Local authority, businesses, education institutions, community groups and individuals.


The newly expanded CIC Board will ensure that long-term capability is built within the City to ensure that Exeter City Futures continues to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. The CIC Board will agree the programme delivery plan and strategic objectives, prepared by our Programme Lead and will agree metrics which will be used to judge the impact, progress and performance of Exeter City Futures going forward.


Further information


The key responsibilities of the CIC Board are to:

  • Guide the strategy of Exeter City Futures to ensure that it delivers against their 12 Goals.
  • Ensure alignment with existing activities being delivered within the City to ensure that the programme adds value and does not duplicate or conflict.
  • Approve investment cases for additional work needed to meet requirements to ensure that the goals can be achieved.
  • Review quarterly reports from the Exeter City Futures Programme Director to assess the performance against objectives, the impact of the programme and to ensure that progress and project portfolio is aligned to agreed strategic direction.
  • Determine the ownership, financing, and governance of Exeter City Futures to provide a long-term capability for the City to manage change beyond 2025.


What is a Community Interest Company?

A CIC is a special type of limited company which exists to benefit the community rather than private shareholders. The articles of the Exeter City Futures Community Interest Company are publicly available via companies house, here.


About Exeter City Futures

We are an independent Community Interest Company that is bringing local government, citizens and the private sector together to tackle Exeter’s biggest challenges in a way that reduces social inequality and contributes to economic growth.

We are governed by a CIC board controlled by a Board of Directors who represent the member organisations. This board includes key stakeholders from across the City (leadership, local businesses and educational institutions) that will ensure that we continue to operate within the rules of a CIC and deliver impact in the region to meet our 12 Goals and to support investment, jobs and growth.


Cover image credit: Rob Coombe & Matt Austin Images.


For media purposes contact:

James Geer, Comms Lead, Exeter City Futures

+44 (0) 7507 881 835