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

We add value to our clients by anticipating and managing political and stakeholder risks.

Our focus is to bring clarity to key political challenges, many of which we find in the engineering world. We work with our clients to find smart solutions to these problems, and help deliver the infrastructure and related services that will shape our future.

Our strengths are rooted in our ability to thrive in complex environments, our political instincts and our capacity to build relationships.

Our mission is to play a defining role in transformational projects that change the way we access services, move around and connect with each other.

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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
    Senior Manager
    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.
  • Richard
    Daniels
    Senior Manager
    Richard has over 15 years’ experience in public affairs and stakeholder engagement, primarily in the transport sector, having designed and delivered strategies, materials and campaigns for the London Taxi Company and Civil Aviation Authority. Richard has strong experience in parliamentary and political engagement and worked on policy and legislation in the European Parliament, Westminster and with councils across the UK. Most recently he has worked on Digital Railway and a large strategic development in the South East of England
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Eva
    Taffs
    Business Support Manager
    Eva is a highly efficient, resourceful and organised professional with years of experience in providing administrative and project delivery support to teams and senior management leaders. She spent the last 7 years working across different departments in Tesco Head Office. Eva studied I.T, Business Management & Interior Design. Eva is passionate about mental health in the workplace and speaks fluent Spanish & Portuguese
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Alex
    Morrison
    Associate
    Alex previously worked at Transport for London (TfL) as a communications, consultation and engagement lead in which he planned and delivered consultation strategies, marketing material, analysis and reports for transport infrastructure projects, including TfL’s Cycle Superhighway Programme. This involved engaging with politicians, borough officers, statutory bodies, businesses and the wider public, to build understanding and support, and mitigate risks.
  • Jennifer
    Whitelock
    Research Analyst
    Jennifer is a politics and current affairs junky. Employing her forensic eye for detail, Jennifer worked for 10 years at the Law Society, investigating solicitors, and then for a major law firm, in compliance. After leaving London, Jennifer managed a successful Surrey based property firm. However, Jennifer’s heart has always remained in politics, and she joined Infrastructure Matters to develop and run our intelligence function.
  • Dennis
    Thomas
    Associate
    Dennis has over 17 years’ experience in delivering multi-channel communications. He’s currently supporting the Digital Railway across several elements of their communication and engagement activity. Before that he was responsible for compliance and delivery of the consultation and engagement programme at Transport for London (TfL)
  • 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.
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
Senior Manager
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.
Richard
Daniels
Senior Manager
Richard has over 15 years’ experience in public affairs and stakeholder engagement, primarily in the transport sector, having designed and delivered strategies, materials and campaigns for the London Taxi Company and Civil Aviation Authority. Richard has strong experience in parliamentary and political engagement and worked on policy and legislation in the European Parliament, Westminster and with councils across the UK. Most recently he has worked on Digital Railway and a large strategic development in the South East of England
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
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.
Eva
Taffs
Business Support Manager
Eva is a highly efficient, resourceful and organised professional with years of experience in providing administrative and project delivery support to teams and senior management leaders. She spent the last 7 years working across different departments in Tesco Head Office. Eva studied I.T, Business Management & Interior Design. Eva is passionate about mental health in the workplace and speaks fluent Spanish & Portuguese
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
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.
Alex
Morrison
Associate
Alex previously worked at Transport for London (TfL) as a communications, consultation and engagement lead in which he planned and delivered consultation strategies, marketing material, analysis and reports for transport infrastructure projects, including TfL’s Cycle Superhighway Programme. This involved engaging with politicians, borough officers, statutory bodies, businesses and the wider public, to build understanding and support, and mitigate risks.
Jennifer
Whitelock
Research Analyst
Jennifer is a politics and current affairs junky. Employing her forensic eye for detail, Jennifer worked for 10 years at the Law Society, investigating solicitors, and then for a major law firm, in compliance. After leaving London, Jennifer managed a successful Surrey based property firm. However, Jennifer’s heart has always remained in politics, and she joined Infrastructure Matters to develop and run our intelligence function.
Dennis
Thomas
Associate
Dennis has over 17 years’ experience in delivering multi-channel communications. He’s currently supporting the Digital Railway across several elements of their communication and engagement activity. Before that he was responsible for compliance and delivery of the consultation and engagement programme at Transport for London (TfL)
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.

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