The EAB comprises five members (a BT Group plc non-executive director and chairman of the EAB; a BT senior manager; and three independent members).
Phil Hodkinson was appointed to the BT Group plc board on 1 February 2006. He is chair of the Pensions Committee, and a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee and the Committee for Sustainable and Responsible Business. He is a non-executive director of Business in the Community and Travelex, and a trustee of Action Medical Research and BBC Children in Need. He chairs the Community Mark Independent Approvals Panel and is an adviser to the finance committee of Christian Aid. Phil’s previous roles include senior independent director at Resolution, non-executive director of HMRC, group finance director of HBOS, chairman of Insight Investment and Clerical Medical, and chief executive of Zurich Financial Services UK Life. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Edward Astle, Independent
Edward was Pro Rector Enterprise at Imperial College London from 2008 to 2013. Since 2009 he has also been a non-executive director and member of the Risk & Audit Committee of Intertek, the FTSE 100 international testing and inspecting group. Edward was executive director of National Grid plc from 2001 to 2008, responsible for their telecommunications-related businesses (most notably wireless infrastructure); non-executive chair of three telecommunications ventures 1999-2001; managing director of BICC Communications (and a director of BICC Group) from 1997 to 1999; and an executive and regional director of Cable & Wireless plc from 1989 to 1997. Previously he held senior business strategy positions in the UK and France. He is vice chair of the Shannon Trust.
Emin Gurdenli, Independent
Emin has 30 years of experience in telecoms covering R&D, start-up, operations, strategy, JVs and mergers. He now works as an Independent advisor and non-executive, specialising in network operations transformation, business development and partnerships. He is a founding member and the chairman of Azenby, an independent advisory business for the wireless industry. Emin’s career has included ten years in R&D with BT, start-up experience of building and operating T-Mobile’s network in the UK, and then the last ten years in executive roles within Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile International business in Europe, most recently in charge of Network Services in Everything Everywhere. Within the UK mobile industry, Emin is well known for the creation of MBNL, a ‘Network Sharing’ Joint Venture between T-Mobile and 3UK.
Stephanie Liston, Independent
Stephanie Liston is Senior Counsel to Charles Russell's Technology & Communications group. Stephanie is also a non-executive member of the advisory board of Orga Systems GmbH. A qualified lawyer in the US and UK, Stephanie served as a non-executive director of the Office of Communications (Ofcom) from 2005 to 2008, a director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) from 2000 to 2005 and co-chairman of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association from 2004-2006. Stephanie co-founded and is a director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (founded in 2000).
Dr Tim Whitley
BT senior manager
Dr Tim Whitley is managing director of Research and Innovation and of BT’s Adastral Park research and development facility. He started working for BT in 1981 as an apprentice engineer in North Wales, and has since held roles in areas including optics research, technology consultancy, technical architecture and has served as BT’s Group Strategy Director.
The EAB is supported by the EAB Secretary, who ensures the EAB meets all of its governance and legal obligations under the Undertakings and supports the EAB Chairman in managing the activities and operations of the EAB. The Secretary is Lucy Williams.