Carl Thomson is a senior director at Interel’s London office, where he provides strategic counsel for clients across the technology, outsourcing and procurement, energy, automotive, infrastructure 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.
Carl’s work on behalf of a homelessness charity in East London was nominated for Consultancy Campaign of the Year at the 2016 Public Affairs Awards. He was the winner of the Best Crisis and Issues Management Award at the 2021 PRCA National Awards, and was shortlisted again for Consultancy Campaign of the Year at the 2021 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.