Copper has expanded its senior team to provide transport clients with ever increasingly valuable insight, strategy and delivery. A new transport focused Senior Management Team is delivering industry leading communication and stakeholder engagement, on some of the country’s most exciting infrastructure projects. 

The new hires bring senior expertise and experience to Copper from across the communications, construction, consenting and town planning sectors. 

Copper brings together a blended set of skills, the latest knowledge and best practice on planning policies, along with a strong creative flair. This is a combination that will deliver our clients engaging and innovative communications to enhance stakeholder engagement and achieve desired outcomes for projects. 

  • Tom Bennett joins from Amey, heading up  Copper’s diverse portfolio of highways schemes as Associate Director.  
  • Josh Hodder joins from National Highways bringing his experience of leading conversations with communities, politicians and the media.
  • Laura Nelson joins from Amey and brings branding, campaign and engagement expertise based on customer insight diagnostics. 
  • Gemma Lloyd joins Atkins and brings expertise in communicating complexity to diverse customers. 

With a long-term vision to change the way people think and feel about infrastructure, Tom, Josh, Laura and Gemma strengthen the services that we can deliver to both new and existing clients. Whether it is direction, advice or support we can ensure you are getting effective and outcome driven strategies, helping both customers and stakeholders. For more information or an opportunity to chat through how we can help, please email 

The team has a proven track record of successfully delivering positive customer and stakeholder outcomes across many complex DCO, and Highways Act infrastructure projects. 

The team’s passion for customer driven outcomes, can be seen across their career history.  

Copper’s new appointments: 

Tom Bennett:

Tom’s leadership experience of delivering numerous challenging projects and programmes across public sectors, with his successful track record of project and programme management in a stakeholder setting. Tom has successfully delivered projects from Options Identification through to Construction phases, recently in the East, North West and Midlands regions on projects and programmes ranging from £30m to £350m.  

Josh Hodder:

Josh Hodder led the £330m A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross scheme where the project was cited in parliament as a good practice example of how the environment can be central to the decision making process. Josh led the external communication to position to the scheme with stakeholders. 


Gemma Lloyd:

Gemma pushed boundaries to drive forward a visual immersive solution for the £250m M25 J10 scheme to replace virtual rooms. An online experience that led to increased scheme awareness, diversified its reach and increased trust with both customers and stakeholders.  


Laura Nelson:

Laura’s customer focused attitude can be seen in her award recognition last year being a finalist for Best Use of Customer Insight, commended at the CIHT awards for Team of the Year, and finalist for Customer Focused Network Management at the Highways Awards.