Welcome to this issue of Communicate. I joined BT last month as Director of Policy and Public Affairs and wanted to introduce myself. It’s a fascinating time to join the company with superfast broadband due to reach 95% of households by the end of 2017 and EE’s geographic coverage of the UK about to hit 90%.
My job is to lead BT’s political strategy and its public policy work, both in the UK and around the world. Directly before this I was Director of the BBC Trust, the BBC’s regulator and governing body. And before that, I was a civil servant at DCMS, working on media policy as well as helping to plan and deliver the 2012 Olympics.
This issue of Communicate includes a statement of BT’s position on the biggest political issue of the day, Brexit, including the issues we would like to see resolved about our future relationship with the EU.
We also wanted to draw your attention to the stories you might not have noticed, from the progress we’ve made on tackling telecoms fraud to our work to help young people with no qualifications into the workplace and our expanded response to emergencies in the UK and overseas. There’s also a chance for parliamentarians to volunteer to help give primary school teachers the confidence to teach computing skills.
Finally, we’ve included a reminder of how the new legal separation between BT and Openreach is going to work, and who to talk to about any given issue.
I hope you find it this edition useful, and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible in this job.
Director of Policy and Public Affairs