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Our candidate for the Chris Seymour Award for Women in Telecoms

Last year the Institute for Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) launched the Chris Seymour Award for women in Telecoms. This is an award that recognises the outstanding contribution that women make to the sector. The criteria involves the applicant to have a minimum of five years experience in the industry and can demonstrate technical or business leadership skills that excel in one of these areas:

  • Significant achievements in the sector
  • Long term excellence
  • Original research on telecoms technology
  • Outstanding leadership.

With this in mind, we had the perfect candidate. Someone who actually excels in each and every one of those areas. That’s why we proud to announce our very own Service Delivery Director, Sue Gill has been shortlisted for the award.

We want to share with you why we’ve put Sue forward for the Chris Seymour Award and let you know about the amazing work she does, feats she’s accomplished and hope you’ll have your fingers crossed for her to take home the award on 7th December.

It’s Sue you know

With 21 years experience in the telecoms industry, Sue has been involved in some of the biggest accomplishments in the business. She led the first BT broadband team, becoming an expert in the field, improving processes, automation, customer behaviour and the commercial strategy for service management, delivering £14m in savings. Along the way she’s gained a MSc in Telecommunications Business from UCL, designed and implemented cost-saving business models and mobilised the BT Sport technical programme when BT bought the football rights. Currently, Sue is leading the design and delivery of broadcast solutions for national and international commercial broadcasters.

Long term excellence

In Sue’s view, this starts with people. And as a strong leader, her team is highly engaged and her openness and transparency enable a meritocratic working environment. Since starting her role as Service Delivery Director, Sue has:

  • significantly improved employee engagement
  • revolutionised delivery time
  • mentored three young female leaders from different parts of BT
  • encouraged external accreditation.

By inspiring her team to be excited and believe that anything is possible, Sue was able to design and deliver the world first trans-global UHD broadcast (cricket World Cup) in just three months.

Exceptional feats

This year alone Sue has been integral to the delivery of two major customer contracts. One of those included building a brand new network for a hugely popular sport, which has already excelled in broadcasting the game around the world.

What her peers have to say

“Sue is an outstanding technical leader in BT and has positioned herself as an exemplar for technical leaders. In particular, Sue is one of the leading role models for women in technology inside BT.”

Neil McRae, Chief Architect, BT Technology Service and Operations

 “Sue is a very strong people manager who has worked tirelessly to create an environment where her people can excel and exceed the expectations of a very demanding delivery portfolio. She builds strong relationships with colleagues across the business and she demonstrates honesty and integrity and a genuine desire to achieve the impossible. She is without doubt an excellent role model to men and women across the industry”.

Greg McCall, MD TV, BT Technology Service and Operations

If you want to know more about Sue and the exceptional work she delivers, please feel free to get in touch.

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