Connexions, the multi-million pound initiative being set up to guide and support young people through their teenage years to adulthood, now has a chairman.
Marshall's boss to chair support project for teens
Martin Broadhurst, who takes on the role, is currently chief executive of Marshall Aerospace Ltd, in Cambridge, and a member of Cambridgeshire Learning and Skills Council.
He said: 'I am looking forward to working in partnership with all sectors of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough community to enhance services for young people.
'Most important will be the involvement of young people themselves.'
The Connexions service in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough aims to reduce social exclusion and meet the needs of specific groups of young people, such as those excluded from school, those who misuse drugs and young offenders.
The service will 'go live' in April 2002 with Government funding of around 5m a year.
Alan Barnish, chief executive of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: 'We are pleased to welcome someone of Martin Broadhurst's calibre and expertise to Connexions.
'His links with business and the community will be invaluable in pushing forward our challenging agenda to meet the needs of young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.'
Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.