BT has appointed a new senior executive, Simon Yellowley, to head up its public sector business in the North of England and implement a new strategic direction to increase local presence across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
Simon, who lives in Tynemouth, has worked at BT for 19 years, in which time he has built up a wealth of experience in BT’s public sector business – working on everything from consultancy to sales management and major deals such as BT South Tyneside. Prior to joining BT he spent eight years working in the Public Sector.
He will lead a team of 20, with a strategic focus on building local relationships with customers in the North of England such as local authorities, local NHS organisations, universities and housing associations.
BT has 300 Public Sector customers across the North of England and Simon will be focused on helping customers to connect, collaborate, integrate and transform citizen, patient, tenant and student services.
Simon said: “BT’s technology and expertise can help the public sector reduce costs and drive efficiencies, as well as supporting them to take a more digital approach to their customers.
“Throughout the North of England BT is making massive investments in technologies and innovations, customer service and, not least, fixed and mobile networks, which gives us a great opportunity to combine services for our public sector customers.
“We understand the need for the public sector to make more localised decisions which give the maximum benefit for the local people using their services. Having a team of people who live and work in the North of England and understand the landscape is going to be hugely advantageous. I’m proud to be leading the team and look forward to strengthening BT’s relationships with our colleagues in the public sector.”
Simon will work closely with BT’s regional boards in the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humber.
North East board chairman, Farooq Hakim, said: “Simon’s appointment marks a new strategic direction for our Public Sector division, with significant investment and focus at a local level. Simon has massive experience and a strong track record which will undoubtedly revitalise our public sector business and drive innovation.
“I’m sure our public sector customers will welcome this renewed focus and commitment from BT as they negotiate the major IT infrastructure and digital transformation programmes that will be necessary in the years ahead. With such a strong presence and unrivalled capabilities across the North of England, we’re ideally placed to support them.”