BT ap­points Jane Wood to lead­ing UK role

The Scotsman - - Business - By SCOTT REID

Tele­coms gi­ant BT has ap­pointed Jane Wood to lead its pol­icy and pub­lic af­fairs teams in the UK de­volved na­tions, English re­gions and Ire­land.

Wood, who joins the group from Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity, will also lead the pub­lic fac­ing func­tions of BT Group in Scot­land and sit on the BT Scot­land board.

The ap­point­ment fol­lows the re­tire­ment of Bren­dan Dick, for­merly manag­ing di­rec­tor of UK na­tions and di­rec­tor of BT Scot­land. Dick is now chair­man of the Open­reach board in Scot­land.

A for­mer head of cor­po­rate af­fairs at Wall­green Boots Al­liance, Wood has also worked as a min­is­te­rial ad­viser on town cen­tre re­gen­er­a­tion, wel­fare re­form and child poverty. She has cham­pi­oned small busi­nesses and the role of so­cial en­ter­prises in com­mu­ni­ties.

Wood said: “It’s ex­cit­ing to be join­ing BT at a time when dig­i­tal so­ci­ety and in­no­va­tion is at the core of ev­ery­thing we do, whether that be busi­ness, our pub­lic ser­vices or at home.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers and de­vel­op­ing new and ex­ist­ing re­la­tion­ships across the UK. BT, like other ma­jor busi­nesses, has an op­por­tu­nity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to help grow our econ­omy sus­tain­ably.

“BT has al­ways been driven by the im­por­tance of mak­ing a dif­fer­ence through dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, con­nect­ing peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, and I’m ex­cited to be a part of that in­no­va­tion and to be able to lead BT’S teams in the na­tions and re­gions.”

Wood has also co-founded a bak­ery in East Loth­ian.

Jane Wood: ex­cited to be join­ing the tele­coms group

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