Carl Thomson is a senior director at Interel’s London office, where he provides strategic counsel for clients across the tech and digital, e-commerce, outsourcing and procurement, energy and sustainability, and mobility sectors. He has a proven track record in campaign management, successfully lobbying for amendments to legislation and running effective public affairs, political communications, and stakeholder engagement programmes.
Before joining Interel, Carl was a director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, a Westminster-based communications agency, where he advised global companies, SMEs and trade associations. Prior to this, he spent five years working in the House of Commons as a research assistant to Theresa May MP, and as senior parliamentary assistant to John Redwood MP.
A former Conservative Party parliamentary candidate at the 2005 general election, Carl also served as a councillor on Woking Borough Council for six years, where he was chair of the licensing committee and vice-chair of the standards and audit committee. He has been vice-chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants, the trade association for the public affairs industry, and was elected twice to its management committee. His work on behalf of a homelessness charity in East London was nominated for Best Consultancy Campaign of the Year at the 2016 Public Affairs Awards.
Carl holds a degree in Modern History and Political Science from the University of Dundee and a Master’s in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow.