POLICY & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS.
REPRESENTING OUR MEMBERS
AT THE HEART OF GOVERNMENT.

POLICY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

We draw on our members’ expertise and knowledge to respond to consultations and positively contribute to the political debate.

Our practical approach means we’re ideal partners for government, working at the heart of policy-making for the benefit of infrastructure. On behalf of our members, we champion infrastructure at every level – from Westminster to the metro-mayors and everyone in between.

Our groups provide a forum for members to share their views and experiences and influence our thinking. The APPG on Building Communities promotes the social value that infrastructure delivers to our communities and how this contributes to the success of our economy.

We produce reports to share our members’ thought-leadership, consultation responses to inform government policy and member-only briefings on political and economic matters of note.

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ROADS

Our road network is probably our most important public asset with almost all journeys touching a road at some point. It is vital for the movement of goods and people and both a facilitator and driver of economic performance. 

RAIL

Projects to increase connectivity and capacity, including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail, will introduce a step-change in one of our oldest forms of public transport. As well as a  proud heritage, the UK also has a dynamic rail future.

MAJOR PROJECTS

The issues which affect the planning and delivery of mega-projects like Thames Tideway, HS2 and the Heathrow  expansion – from skills shortages to financing and funding issues via productivity.

SUSTAINABILITY

The next generation of infrastructure will need to focus on sustainability at its core and be delivered within the framework of environmental net-gain. Infrastructure has to be sustainable in both its design and delivery. 

WATER

A critical national resource, those who play a role in providing the UK with water bear a huge responsibility. Infrastructure plays a key role in ensuring a plentiful and safe supply of water across the country.

PROPERTY

We need innovative solutions to our national housing crisis to find new ways to ensure everyone can live in a clean, safe, affordable and sustainable home and build the 300,000 homes a year that are required to meet demand.

Airports & Ports

While different areas in their own rights, there are connecting issues that affect both ports and airports including connectivity, air quality and returns on major project investment.

English regions

Our regional groups engage local stakeholders in London & South East, the Midlands, North West and Northern regions.

Devolved nations

Our national groups engage local stakeholders and government in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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Julian Francis

Julian Francis

Director of External Affairs

Julian leads the creation of policy and government engagement strategy at ACE.

phone020 7227 1894
Gareth Lonie

Gareth Lonie

Policy Executive

Gareth assists with the development of policy and political activity within ACE.

phone020 7227 1251