The BT Scotland Board brings together senior figures from across BT’s lines of business to steer Scottish strategy and development, strictly in compliance with BT's regulatory and Undertakings obligations. They work with non-executive members from outside BT who contribute expertise, external thinking and guidance. The Board's objectives support the delivery and exploitation of communications technologies to enhance innovation and business growth in Scotland. Its current focus is on areas including high-speed broadband and the impact of Digital Britain, corporate business and public sector programmes, stakeholder engagement, skills, the environment and corporate social responsibility.
Director, BT Scotland, Managing Director BT Regions
Brendan’s prime responsibility is to develop BT’s regional activities across Scotland, Wales and the English regions, looking after BT’s group wide interests and driving BT’s local agenda across the BT Lines of Business.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, much of Brendan’s early career was spent in information technology designing, developing and deploying large systems across the UK.
Brendan is Chair of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Honorary President of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, a CBI Scotland Council member and a member of the Lowland Reserve Forces Regional Employer Support Group.
Married with two children and one grand-daughter, Brendan is a past captain of his local golf club and an enthusiastic, if slow, recreational cyclist.
Shonaig Macpherson CBE
Chairman of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company, Vice Chairman of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Vice Chairman of The Robertson Trust. A retired intellectual property lawyer Shonaig is a governor of Heriot Watt University and the Open University. The first ever female Chairman of The National Trust for Scotland and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry she was a member of the Calman Commission. She is married, has two sons and lives near Linlithgow.
Director - In Life Service Assurance, BT Business & Public Sector
As general manager for BT Business customer service, Andrew is responsible for managing the customer experience including new contracts implementation and faults and repairs for BT’s Corporate & Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers in the UK. Andrew joined BT in 2011 having previously held a number of senior management and leadership positions at Sky and RBS. Andrew has experience of customer service operations and programme delivery management roles in the UK and internationally. Andrew is board member of the Pars Supporters Trust Board, a community group holding the majority stake of Dunfermline Athletic Football club. He holds an MBA from Edinburgh Napier University Business School and is married with one daughter.
Head of Business Improvement, Group Functions
Robert heads up Business Change in BT's in-house consultancy practice, the Flexible Resource Unit. In more than 20 years with BT, Robert has held a number of business change, sales and service management and programme leadership roles. On the BT Scotland Board Robert leads on equality and diversity. He is also Vice Chair of Scottish Mediation Network and was co-founder of the business networking organisation, SWAN – Scottish Workplace Networking – for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and is a co-opted trustee for LGBT Youth Scotland. Robert enjoys marathon running, exploring his adopted home country, producing and eating good food and singing, as a member of Love Music Community Choir. Robert lives in Edinburgh with his partner, Nigel.
Head of Policy Regions, Group Functions
Mark Dames is Head of Policy for BT Regions and Head of Public Affairs for BT Scotland. Born in Girvan, Ayrshire, Mark started his career with BT at the company’s research and development laboratories at Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, working on the development of advanced optical switching technologies and architectures. He also spent a period of his career with Accenture, working on the development of the world’s first interactive digital television and advanced data services platform. A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist, Mark lives in Edinburgh.
General Manager, Corporate Account Management, Business & Public Sector
Joining BT in 2001, Alan has held a number of customer facing roles including working as BT Retail’s client director in Openreach. Since April 2014, Alan has had responsibility for working with BT’s largest SME customers in Scotland and increasing BT’s profile in the Scottish corporate market. He lives in Bishopton with his wife and two children and spends any spare time on all rugby related matters: playing, coaching and watching.
Director, Systems Reliability Programme, Technology, Service and Operations (TSO)
Greg is responsible for IT systems reliability across BT’s TSO division. Having joined BT in 1990, Greg has held a number roles across the design and systems development teams. He is also lead for the software engineering profession across BT Group. A graduate of Strathclyde University, Greg is married with a son and a daughter. He’s a keen mountain biker but enjoys most sports.
HR Director Reward & Pensions, Group Functions
Jim is responsible for the functional leadership of Reward and Employee Relations across BT Group and advises the Remuneration and Pensions Board Committees. He is a member of the Transformation Leadership Group and the HR Leadership Team. His earlier career was spent in senior roles at Reuters, Scottish Power and the Mobil Oil Corporation. Born in Glasgow, Jim is a keen sports fan, particularly football and golf, and can be heard broadcasting his analysis of Scottish football on British Forces Radio’s Saturday programme “The Score”.
Vice President GB&FM Client Services, Global Services
Jim is responsible for BT’s global ICT deployments to major worldwide customers in industry sectors (Global Banking, Manufacturing, Logistics, Pharmaceuticals and Consumer Products) and also its domestic products in Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, the US and Canada. He also heads up one of six strategic Global Development Centres, based in Glasgow, which lead the innovation, design and deployment of a range of BT’s global systems and networks. Jim has enjoyed a long career in software engineering since graduating in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Strathclyde University, where he was sponsored by BT. A member of the board of eSkills Scotland, which develops links between Scottish universities and the ICT industry, he currently lives in Ayr.
BT Flexible Resource - Programme Director, BT Group
Martin Southern works in BT Group supporting a number of internal Business Change Programmes. These include increasing the co-location of BT’s Finance people to improve their development and productivity, and also to upskill some of our offshore people to improve the services they deliver to Customers. Martin joined BT in 2002, working on its partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council. His earlier career was spent in business transformation consultancy for a long list of blue chip clients in the UK, Europe and Australia. Martin lives in Edinburgh with Jean and is kept busy entertaining their three children, leading a thriving troop of 60 Scouts and is also District Commissioner across all 11 local Scout Groups.
Senior Manager, Media and Corporate Relations, Group Functions
Anna has a board-level responsibility for BT’s corporate and media relations across Scotland and leads next generation infrastructure communications for GB regions, including BT’s Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband partnership with the public sector. She joined BT in June 2000 to manage internal communications for BT Scotland. Previously Anna was an account manager for a leading Scottish public relations agency and spent 12 years as a journalist in regional newspapers. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the National Union of Journalists and her interests include social media, the environment, reading and being with her family.
Vice President, Global Services
Paul Taylor is the vice president responsible for BT’s Health, Local and Devolved Government business. He joined BT in 1997 and has held a number of senior management and executive roles in sales, service and ICT delivery roles in the UK and international. Prior to taking on his current role in November 2013 Paul was responsible for the delivery of Global Services customer ICT programmes, and the pan-BT Project & Programme Management practice. Before joining BT, Paul worked for Unisys and Olivetti in various management roles in the UK, US and Italy. He is married with two daughters and is a graduate of Glasgow University, Oxford University and Strathclyde Graduate Business School.
Business Director, Business & Public Sector
Gail is responsible for BT’s Public Sector business in Scotland and works with clients to help them meet their challenges today, improve outcomes and innovate for a better tomorrow. She joined BT on the Graduate Programme and held a number of customer facing roles with major corporate and public sector clients in London before leaving to widen her experience working with other global organisations as well as a few years running her own successful IT and publishing businesses from home while bringing up a family. Gail came back to BT in 2011 and continues to be a student mentor at the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde Business School. She enjoys the outdoor life in Crieff with her husband and two daughters.
Acting Regional Manager, Group Functions
Robert Thorburn is Acting Regional Manager responsible for end to end contract management of the £410m Next Generation fibre broadband rollout across Scotland supporting Scottish and UK Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and BT achieves there strategic goals and objectives. Robert joined BT in 1995 in a sales capacity and over the last 20 years has worked in operational, training and programme management roles across a number of BT’s business units including Openreach where he has developed a wealth of knowledge across the business.
Outside of BT, Robert is also a non-executive director with a charity Staf, whose primary aim is to support front line practitioners help young care experienced adults be positively supported as a result of the new legislation introduced by government and also to shape policy with government around its future direction. Robert’s role with Staf is to support transformation and lead on key communication activities for this organisation, which he is passionate about.