GLOBAL – John Campbell, chairman and co-founder of the advisory firm Campbell Lutyens, has called on the infrastructure industry to launch an institute dedicated to the asset class, arguing that the sector still lacks a European or global body to represent its interests.

Speaking at the first IPE/Stirling Capital Partners infrastructure conference in London, Campbell said that, contrary to many sectors in the financial industry such as capital markets or real estate, infrastructure did not have a representative body.

"A European institute or even a global institute would be a wonderful way to enhance understanding of risks and rewards in different parts of the sector," Campbell said.

"It would also be an opportunity to influence governments to better shape the investment opportunities and avoid damaging the industry by regulatory and EU constraints."

He added that Campbell Lutyens was currently working to identify what kind of organisation they could launch.

Campbell finally invited the audience of the IPE/Sterling Capital Partners event and any other persons involved in the infrastructure industry to share their thoughts on the launch of this infrastructure institute.