Telecoms switch

Milligan takes Openreach chair as veteran Dick retires

Brendan Dick and Katie Milligan

Telecoms veteran Brendan Dick is retiring as chairman of digital network provider Openreach Scotland and will be succeeded by senior executive Katie Milligan.

Mr Dick steps down after leading the business through its independence from BT Group in 2018 and establishing the Scotland board and strategy.

He joined the BT Group in September 1980 and rose to become group director in Scotland and MD of BT UK Nations & Regions.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, much of his early career was spent in information technology, designing, developing and deploying large systems across the UK.

He said: “Throughout my career it’s been an honour and privilege to work with people who are focused on making a real difference. What Openreach does in Scotland matters. Our network has underpinned the economy during this year’s restrictions.”

He added: “It remains vital that everybody works together to exploit the digital capability Scotland already has. It’s essential for recovery in the short term – and Scotland’s success in the world beyond that.” 

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Ms Milligan is managing director, customer, commercial and propositions, heading up its £5bn portfolio of products and services.

She leads its relationships with companies such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Vodafone and Zen which provide services using the Openreach network.

Ms Milligan joined Openreach in 2009 and was previously its commercial director, leading teams through projects including the design and delivery of superfast fibre products and high bandwidth propositions for businesses and large organisations.

A graduate of the Business School at the University of Strathclyde, she previously held several senior positions at BT Group.

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