One of EE’s senior managers is to play a leading role in BT’s operations in the North East.
Angela Howey, EE’s head of Consumer with a career in the company spanning nearly 30 years, has been appointed deputy chair of BT’s regional board in the North East, where the company employs more than 8,500 people.
She pledged the company would help the North East to “achieve maximum productivity and economic growth” and highlighted making the most of digital technologies as key to driving future success.
BT is one of the region’s largest private sector employers with major centres in locations such as Darlington, Sunderland, Gosforth, South Shields, Newcastle and North Tyneside.
Angela, who has lived in the Tees Valley for most of her life, will help lead the board of ten senior BT executives and direct BT’s activities to ensure the company remains one of the region’s leading investors and employers. Among the company’s achievements in the North East is the creation of a high-speed, fibre broadband network that is already available to more than one million homes and businesses, and is continuing to grow rapidly.
She said: said: “I’ve lived in Darlington for most of my life so it’s an honour for me to represent BT across the North East. The prosperity of the local economy is really important to me and I’m passionate about supporting my home region in its ambitions. Not only is BT one of the North East’s largest private sector employers we are also one of the largest private sector investors through our roll-out of exciting technologies, such as superfast and ultrafast broadband and 4G mobile communications – and we most certainly are not stopping there. The North East has vast potential and we want to support the region to achieve maximum productivity and economic growth.”
Angela, who has held several senior EE roles, is currently based at the EE campus in Darlington. She has been a member of the BT North East board for two years and is a well-known face in the Tees Valley as an active board member for the Tees Valley Authority Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Darlington Cares.
EE became part of BT Group in 2016. It is the largest and most advanced mobile communications company in the UK, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to customers.