Ross has more than 35 years’ experience in communications, with proven success in crisis and issues management, media relations, stakeholder engagement strategies and turning complex issues into plain English.
Originally trained as a journalist, Ross worked as a news reporter for ten years before moving into public relations, firstly in politics, then higher education, and latterly utilities and infrastructure.
As Head of UK Media Relations at National Grid, Ross was a member of the company’s Major Projects Board and managed communications across all major infrastructure projects for ten years. These included new high-voltage power lines and substations, interconnectors, gas transmission pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities. His remit also included the gas distribution network, and Ross won three awards for crisis communications following a major gas supply loss in Rossendale, Lancashire, which left thousands of people without gas only three days before Christmas 2008.
Ross has worked with Copper since 2011, planning and implementing stakeholder engagement, consultation and communications strategies for major infrastructure projects including nuclear new-build, new electricity transmission and distribution lines, subsea interconnectors, gas pipelines, chemical waste treatment plants, remediation of contaminated land, quarrying and retail development.