Copper Consultancy, the specialist infrastructure and communications engagement agency, has appointed Ronan Cloud to lead its Economic Development practice.

As a seasoned corporate communications strategist, Ronan brings a wealth of industry and stakeholder engagement expertise to the growing Economic Development team. Ronan joins Copper from Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading public relations firms, where he advised multinational organisations and governing bodies in his role as Director.

The Economic Development practice helps public and private sector partners deliver a diverse portfolio of projects through stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. The recently announced levelling up strategy and the UK’s net zero by 2050 target are two drivers of continued growth for the practice.

In response to demand for its specialist services, Copper has added a number of senior hires over the past six months. As the latest, Ronan brings experience of working with global organisations to solve complex challenges in the energy, construction, manufacturing and technology industries.

“Copper is at the coal face of delivering the UK’s ambitious plans for a prosperous and sustainable future,” said Ronan. “There has never been more opportunity to shape the country’s economy as we emerge from the pandemic and attention turns to a net zero future and levelling up the nation. I’m delighted to join the team at this exciting time.”

In his role, Ronan will be responsible for supporting Copper’s existing client portfolio, as well as expanding both its offering and network.

“Since its inception, the Economic Development practice has evolved to serve the needs of the changing political landscape,” said Martin McCrink, managing partner at Copper. “Ronan’s expertise and enthusiasm makes him a huge asset for Copper. Under his leadership, we’re excited to take on increasingly diverse client challenges.”

Founded 25 year ago, Copper Consultancy is dedicated to delivering strategic communications to support clients in the development of economic and social infrastructure.

Copper continues to expand and is currently recruiting across all job levels in its London, Bristol and Birmingham offices. To explore its latest openings, please visit