We interviewed Sarah Latham, a Director at Flint’s Markets and Investors Advisory Practice in London. Sarah works mostly on infrastructure clients, specialising in the water and transport sectors.
How have you seen Flint grow since joining?
I joined Flint almost three and a half years ago as a Consultant. In that time, I have seen the company more than double in size, outgrow its offices in Manchester Square and break into new and exciting sectors and geographies.
It has been great to be a part of such a dynamic and fast-growing company. It has given me an opportunity to work with lots of really talented individuals; to enjoy a wide variety of work with different clients facing a whole range of policy, political and regulatory challenges; and to shape the direction of the company as it continues to grow.
But, whilst there has been a lot of change, the culture of the Flint team has continued to be collaborative and supportive. It is a great bunch of people who have a lot of fun!
What are the main infrastructure trends in 2021?
2021 is set to be a busy year for the infrastructure sector. The government is putting infrastructure at the heart of its economic recovery agenda to boost jobs and ‘level up’ the UK economy. Under the spotlight as host of COP26 later this year, the government is also looking to accelerate the development of low carbon infrastructure to meet net zero by 2050 and improve climate resilience.
In this context, the government and regulators have important decisions to make about how they will unlock the private investment needed. We have already seen a series of major government strategy documents in recent months – the National Infrastructure Strategy, the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution and the Energy White Paper. All eyes are now on how it turns warm words into tangible actions.
As this happens, I think we will see a particular focus on:
How have you found your time since being promoted to Director?
So far, so good! As with any new role, there are new things to learn and areas to grow in and I am excited about the new opportunities the role presents. But there are also things that haven’t changed – I work with the same people, I still have the same desk (my dining room table for now!) and I still have the same clients. This, and the support and encouragement from the team, have really helped me adjust.