About us

Infrastructure Matters is a bespoke consultancy that focuses on the early stages of major public and private infrastructure projects.

We build advocacy for these complex projects and help to anticipate and manage political and stakeholder risks. Relationships are at the heart of everything we do. We make the complex simple. We find creative solutions to the challenges our clients face. We help deliver the infrastructure that will shape the future.

Our work

Lower Thames Crossing

We’re working with Highways England to build advocacy for the £8bn project across Parliament, Business, Local Government and Supply Chain stakeholders.

Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro

We led local, political and business engagement to build advocacy for the CAM, a £4bn project intended to transform the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region.

Digital Railway

Stakeholder strategy for Network Rail’s Digital Railway.

Our team

Dominic O'Donnell

Director

Dom began his career as a parliamentary aide to an MP and former minister. Since then he has developed a particular expertise in helping clients to navigate complex and controversial issues across the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. Dom created Infrastructure Matters with a specific purpose in mind: to help public and private sector organisations manage political and stakeholder risks during the early stages of major infrastructure schemes.

Sarah Gardner

Associate Director

Sarah combines skills in stakeholder engagement, communications and issues management. She helped to develop the stakeholder engagement and communications strategies for the development phase of the Lower Thames Crossing project, and most recently has been working on MP engagement and building business advocacy for the project. Previously, Sarah worked with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Melbourne where she developed and implemented communications strategies for new transport projects.

Kevin Howlett

Associate

Kevin has led private and public sector communications teams, campaigning on controversial projects for energy, regeneration, and linear infrastructure clients. Kevin has advised a shadow transport minister and political leaderships in some of England’s most high profile local authorities. With IM, Kevin developed the stakeholder and communications strategies for the early development phase of the Lower Thames Crossing, and the stakeholder strategy for Network Rail’s East Coast Digital Rail programme

Jay Francis

Senior Manager

Jay is an engagement consultant with over a decade’s experience of stakeholder and community relations, advocacy and campaigning. He is passionate about collaborating to deliver excellence for the benefit of interested and impacted parties. He has developed and delivered communications and engagement strategies for multi-billion-pound road and rail projects. Recently Jay has been leading on upskilling local businesses to form part of the supply chain for the Lower Thames Crossing

Sam Stopp

Senior Manager

Sam is a stakeholder engagement specialist with over a decade’s experience across local government, communications, and the politics of planning. Sam began his career as a Parliamentary Assistant, before working in various business development and marketing roles, including for Tesco plc’s customer loyalty arm. Sam currently works as the Local Government Lead for Highways England’s Lower Thames Crossing project

Kerrie Gilbert

Senior Account Manager

Kerrie is a stakeholder engagement specialist with experience delivering communication and stakeholder strategies for controversial, high-profile developments across London. Kerrie began her career as a Parliamentary Caseworker before working in various roles associated with the politics of planning. She is currently working on stakeholder engagement and strategy development for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM) and a new development project next to Gatwick Airport.

Sam Nolan

Senior Account Manager

Sam is an experienced engagement consultant whose career has spanned politics, local government, planning and regeneration. He has delivered engagement and advocacy strategies for a range of projects in both the private and public sector. Sam is currently working on local authority political engagement on Highways England’s Lower Thames Crossing project.

Bronte Clark

Account Manager

Bronte is a communications and stakeholder engagement professional with diverse experience in the delivery of major infrastructure projects for both the private and public sectors. Most recently, Bronte worked on a major tunnelling project in Melbourne where she gained extensive knowledge in building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and community members in sensitive areas. Bronte is currently working as a Consultation Specialist on Highway England’s Lower Thames Crossing Project.

Claire Arnold

Account Manager

Claire is a communications and engagement consultant with experience in delivering high profile projects for public and private sector clients across the transport, infrastructure and defence sectors. Previously, Claire worked on a multi-billion-dollar orbital rail link project in Melbourne, where she helped to develop strategy, prepare communication materials and deliver engagement with key stakeholders, residents and businesses across the rail alignment. She is currently working on stakeholder engagement for the Cambridgeshire Autonomous Metro (CAM).

Eden Musyoki

Account Manager

Eden is a communications professional who excels in building positive relationships with stakeholders and developing strategies to build advocacy for projects. He enjoys engaging with organisations across the UK and using that dialogue to form powerful narratives to generate support for infrastructure. Previously, Eden worked on a major airport project in Kent, and also served as a stakeholder relations advisor for HS2 in Birmingham. Eden is currently working as the Levelling Up Champion for Highway England’s LTC Project.

Poulomee Basu

Planning Specialist

Poulomee is a town planning professional with over 13 years’ experience in town planning, urban development and sustainability, in the UK and India. She has an innate understanding of legislative, procedural and political complexities associated with multifaceted planning and infrastructure projects. Poulomee considers preparation of, management and delivery of Development Consent Orders (DCO) her specialisation and has worked on projects such as Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Station and the Lower Thames Crossing.

Katherine McKay

Graphics Specialist

Katherine is a graphics specialist with eighteen years’ experience in the City of London at financial and IT firms. She moved to Pembrokeshire in 2016 where she freelances within a wide range of sectors. Her specialisms include MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite, creating anything from brochures to presentations, infographics and animations.

Brooke Boyanton

Designer & Animator

Brooke is a Full Stack Digital and Print Creative with over 18 years' experience. Being a multimedia designer she is skilled and has worked in a range of creative disciplines including illustration, animation, video editing, UX/UI, front-end development, email, branding, direct mail and global campaigns. Brooke enjoys learning and working with new media and technology, discovering interesting and innovative ways to engage target audiences.

Tamasin Ford

Video Journalist Consultant

Tamasin is a multimedia journalist with more than sixteen years' experience spanning television, radio and print reporting. She films and edits all her material and is able to bring difficult subjects to life by giving them a unique human angle. During her career, Tamasin has reported from the UK, Europe and Africa for the BBC, America’s National Public Radio, the Guardian newspaper, France 24 and CNN.