For all of us as individuals, infrastructure is: the homes we live in, the water we drink, the energy we use, the transport we rely on.

For the UK as a nation, infrastructure is: the key to our prosperity, vital to our security, the driver of our productivity, and what makes us competitive internationally.

Each Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) needs a compelling narrative, not just to secure development consent but to create the continuous social licence needed to succeed long-term.

NSIP Consultation Services

Our specialised NSIP Team offers decades of experience supporting some of the UK’s most challenging and high-profile infrastructure projects. We deliver:

  • Engagement: establishing a continuous, genuinely representative dialogue with communities and engaging the silent majority.
  • Partnership: building strong relationships with key stakeholders, navigating the political and public affairs landscape, and delivering a joined-up approach to securing consent.
  • Creativity: combining traditional and innovative approaches to reach and engage target audiences, from the pub to Parliament.
  • Positivity: creating a compelling narrative about the local, regional and national benefits of major infrastructure projects.

Supported by our PR, marketing and creative teams, our NSIP team delivers a full service to engage your stakeholders and deliver your infrastructure project objectives.

If you’re looking for the right partner to handle your NSIP consultation, please make contact with our NSIP Team today:

Our NSIP Team

John Quinton-Barber
Group Chief Executive

John has more than 25 years’ experience communicating for some of the biggest names in the UK.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, John has overseen the communications for numerous major developers, retail groups, energy companies and public-sector organisations.

Pete Wrathmell
Group Director

Pete brings 15 years’ experience in public relations, public affairs and community engagement. He oversees Social’s planning consultation projects across the UK, drawing on his experience of over 50 infrastructure, housing and energy-related planning applications.

Pete has worked on numerous high-profile energy projects and with some of the UK’s leading property businesses, including National Grid, Mace, RWE Innogy, Tesco, Lidl and Extra MSA Group. His innovative approaches to community and stakeholder engagement on complex and contentious planning proposals have been recognised with several PR industry awards.

Rob Luke
Group Director of External Affairs

A former senior British diplomat and Deputy Information Commissioner, Rob has over 20 years’ experience working with Whitehall, Westminster and senior decision-makers nationally and internationally.

Rob provides political and strategic advice to clients in support of their infrastructure project objectives, drawing on his broad government, regulatory and external affairs experience.

Amy Bodey
Director, South West

Amy has over 10 years’ PR and communications experience focussed on the infrastructure sector. As PR manager for a large developer in the South West, she managed statutory and non-statutory community consultation, PR and stakeholder engagement activity for three major NSIP applications including offshore wind farms, cable routes and wider infrastructure.

Amy is currently leading our work with Nova Innovation, a tidal energy developer.

Ben Lowndes
Director, South West

Ben has delivered communications and public relations for some of the South West’s most high profile and complex projects, including Hinkley Point C. He has also led award-winning media and digital campaigns in the housing and transport sectors on behalf of local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships across the south of England.

Ben is currently leading our support to the regional industry body, Nuclear SW, with their PR activity.

Ray Sadri
Director, London

Ray brings over 12 years of central government press office and broadcast journalism experience. He worked previously as Chief Press Officer at the Department of Transport with responsibility for aviation, roads and technology. Before that he worked for the BBC and commercial radio as a news reader and reporter.

Michael Vivona
Senior Consultant

Michael has wide experience in public affairs, stakeholder engagement, community consultation and wider planning and infrastructure communications for many of Social’s largest clients. Prior to joining Social, Michael worked in London and the South East with housing and regeneration clients including Berkeley Homes and Wilmott Dixon. Michael was previously a local councillor and Majority Group Leader, and has also worked for several MPs.

Arnie Craven
Senior Consultant

Arnie has worked in public affairs and stakeholder engagement for the best part of a decade. He has been instrumental in delivering planning consents for some of the biggest names in infrastructure and retail, including National Grid and Sainsbury’s.

He has also helped secure permissions for new electricity substations and gas pressure reduction stations.

Clover Long
Public Affairs Executive

Clover has experience of working across a wide range of regeneration and placemaking projects, including consultation and stakeholder engagement on the £500m City Deal for the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

She also delivers research, analysis, and media and political monitoring, including the use of analytics to monitor social media activity.

Our NSIP Team

John Quinton-Barber
Group Managing Director

John has more than 25 years’ experience communicating for some of the biggest names in the UK.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, John has overseen the communications for numerous major developers, retail groups, energy companies and public-sector organisations.

Pete Wrathmell
Group Director

Pete brings 15 years’ experience in public relations, public affairs and community engagement. He oversees Social’s planning consultation projects across the UK, drawing on his experience of over 50 infrastructure, housing and energy-related planning applications.

Pete has worked on numerous high-profile energy projects and with some of the UK’s leading property businesses, including National Grid, Mace, RWE Innogy, Tesco, Lidl and Extra MSA Group. His innovative approaches to community and stakeholder engagement on complex and contentious planning proposals have been recognised with several PR industry awards.

Rob Luke
Group Director of External Affairs

A former senior British diplomat and Deputy Information Commissioner, Rob has over 20 years’ experience working with Whitehall, Westminster and senior decision-makers nationally and internationally.

Rob provides political and strategic advice to clients in support of their infrastructure project objectives, drawing on his broad government, regulatory and external affairs experience.

Amy Bodey
Director, South West

Amy has over 10 years’ PR and communications experience focussed on the infrastructure sector. As PR manager for a large developer in the South West, she managed statutory and non-statutory community consultation, PR and stakeholder engagement activity for three major NSIP applications including offshore wind farms, cable routes and wider infrastructure.

Amy is currently leading our work with Nova Innovation, a tidal energy developer.

Ben Lowndes
Director, South West

Ben has delivered communications and public relations for some of the South West’s most high profile and complex projects, including Hinkley Point C. He has also led award-winning media and digital campaigns in the housing and transport sectors on behalf of local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships across the south of England.

Ben is currently leading our support to the regional industry body, Nuclear SW, with their PR activity.

Ray Sadri
Director, London

Ray brings over 12 years of central government press office and broadcast journalism experience. He worked previously as Chief Press Officer at the Department of Transport with responsibility for aviation, roads and technology. Before that he worked for the BBC and commercial radio as a news reader and reporter.

Michael Vivona
Senior Consultant

Michael has wide experience in public affairs, stakeholder engagement, community consultation and wider planning and infrastructure communications for many of Social’s largest clients. Prior to joining Social, Michael worked in London and the South East with housing and regeneration clients including Berkeley Homes and Wilmott Dixon. Michael was previously a local councillor and Majority Group Leader, and has also worked for several MPs.

Arnie Craven
Senior Consultant

Arnie has worked in public affairs and stakeholder engagement for the best part of a decade. He has been instrumental in delivering planning consents for some of the biggest names in infrastructure and retail, including National Grid and Sainsbury’s.

He has also helped secure permissions for new electricity substations and gas pressure reduction stations.

Clover Long
Public Affairs Executive

Clover has experience of working across a wide range of regeneration and placemaking projects, including consultation and stakeholder engagement on the £500m City Deal for the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

She also delivers research, analysis, and media and political monitoring, including the use of analytics to monitor social media activity.