Infrastructure specialist Copper has appointed a new Construction Practice Director, Caroline Romback, to address growing demand from the sector.  Her appointment builds upon a successful year of growth and expansion, underpinned by the consultancy’s extensive sector knowledge and experience, enabling Copper teams to provide clients with lockdown resilient strategies and digital engagement, and communications expertise.

The consultancy has been called upon to support an increasing number of major projects and critical infrastructure across the UK, ranging from nationally recognised projects like HS2 and Hinkley Point to vital local energy and telecommunications connectivity, all contributing to the Government’s drive to Build Back Better.

Caroline is a strategic communicator with over two decades of experience working in the built environment, across the public and private sectors.  Her career spans roles in-house in major FTSE organisations, including five years with Kier Group plc and most recently as Corporate Affairs Director for Clarion in the housing sector.  She has provided strategic comms, media and engagement support for some of the UK’s largest projects including Crossrail, the Mersey Gateway and Hinkley Point.

Commenting on her arrival, Caroline said: “It’s both an exciting and opportune time to be joining Copper. The consultancy is going from strength to strength having established a sector-leading reputation, at a time when infrastructure development in the UK is set to play a pivotal role in delivering economic growth, the levelling up agenda and our net zero ambitions.

With the launch of the new construction playbook, offering transformative change for clients and contractors alike, reinforced by the Government’s ‘once in a generation’ £100bn investment in the built environment set out last month in the National Infrastructure Strategy (NIS), along with a wide range of other legislative change, there will be greater scope to increase the profile and influence that contractors can have, in parallel with greater need for public engagement, communications and value delivery. So, I am very much looking forward to working with our existing and new clients on a wide range of projects across the UK.”

Copper has also welcomed new talent to its junior account facing team with the appointments of Alex Rowntree and Harry Britten as Account Executives. Alex is a History graduate from the University of Exeter, while Harry graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he read BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations.

Copper Vice Chair Linda Taylor commented: “It has been a strong year for Copper, and with Caroline’s appointment and the exceptionally talented team we are continuing to build,  we are able to offer construction contractors, clients and strategic partners a wider range of services that are focused on corporate reputation and positioning, delivering a competitive edge and minimising programme risk.

Using our insight and in-depth understanding of how complex and challenging infrastructure projects are delivered, we apply intelligent and informed communications and engagement that delivers contractual and programme requirements for clients but puts communities and businesses at the heart of a construction delivery strategy.

We are strategic in how we think, data-driven in how we drive efficiency but creative in how we communicate and this is powering Copper’s continued success as a leading communications consultancy in the infrastructure sector.”

Copper is currently recruiting additional talent to help deliver a range of exciting projects across its Economic Development, Construction, and Infrastructure sectors.

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