Copper strengthens infrastructure offer with senior hire

Copper Consultancy, the specialist infrastructure agency, has appointed Lisa Childs to front the firm’s plans to deepen its Welsh presence. Lisa brings a unique outlook with varied experience and a values-led approach to both her leadership and her delivery.

Joining from the National Union of Students (NUS) and previously Heathrow Airport. Lisa has significant experience in public affairs and stakeholder relations.

As Director of NUS Wales, and UK-wide public affairs lead for the union, Lisa has shaped and developed policy in partnership with Welsh Government Ministers. She has also influenced opinion and built coalitions of support with both Members of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay and Members of Parliament in Westminster.

Lisa brings major project experience and a client-side perspective to the growing consultancy. Having led public affairs and stakeholder relations across the UK for the Heathrow Expansion programme, Lisa developed a wealth of experience in strategic, political and crisis communication. She was also Silver Commander for operational airport crisis scenarios, such as drone attacks and weather events.


Director of Energy Infrastructure, Sam Cranston, said:

“Through this blend of experience, Lisa will provide real value and insight at both a strategic and delivery level. Lisa will advise our clients on how best to mitigate stakeholder and political risk, understanding the local context. We’re also excited by Lisa’s leadership experience and know that she will be a valuable asset to internal culture here at Copper.”


Commenting on her appointment, Lisa said:

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for infrastructure, decarbonisation, and energy projects in Wales. We are seeing a confident Welsh Government drive forward an ambitious programme for change, unafraid to make big decisions. I’m looking forward to expanding on Copper’s proven track record on delivery for Welsh projects.

“Copper is a specialist agency with a long-standing commitment to and record of success in supporting clients in delivering decarbonisation initiatives. With ambitious growth plans, significant investment in the team, and the backing of the RSK Group, I am excited to add my skills and experience to the mix.”