Simon has more than 20 years’ experience working in leadership positions at UK mobile operators including EE, Orange and T-Mobile. Most recently, he was managing director of EE’s Emergency Services Network Division, delivering a new critical communications network to 300,000 frontline first responders. He also served as Non-Executive Chairman at Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), a network joint venture between EE and Three.
“People are intrigued by our collaborative commercial models, and that we work with all of the mobile operators. It’s possible because we deliver what we promise.”
Current advisor to global mobile connectivity groups including the Small Cell Forum and TechUK. Graham previously provided executive level support to Vodafone on the Beacon project with Telefonica and CTIL, was the former key negotiator and then Managing Director of MBNL (the EE and Three network share), and the Planning and Deployment Director of T-Mobile. In 2014 he co-founded Opencell, the UK’s first legal indoor mobile connectivity service provider, unique in being able to deliver all four operator networks using small cells indoors.
“All my experience embraced disruptive collaboration: meaningful change, but always with an eye on how to bring as many as possible along for the ride.”
Tom is a highly regarded technology leader, having held director-level positions across the telecoms industry in BT, EE and T-Mobile. He combines a deep technical understanding with a collaborative approach. Tom led BT’s negotiations with the other mobile network operators and the government on the Shared Rural Network and was previously an Executive Director on the board of MBNL.
“Freshwave excels at building relationships to the benefit of their customers. I’m proud to be part of such a collaborative organisation which plays an important role in the telecoms ecosystem.”
A lawyer by training, Maurice has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector as a senior executive and general counsel. He spent 15 years at Interoute before its sale to GTT developing structures for governance, risk management and compliance as well as leading on multiple corporate transactions.
“I see compliance and control protocols as critical to successful scaleable growth. I’m excited use my experience in governance, mergers and acquisitions and integration to help lead Freshwave’s mission and make digital infrastructure simple.”
A chartered surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in the commercial property sector, Andrew has a deep understanding of all aspects of commercial property acquisition and management. Twenty years ago, he co-founded Spyder when he found himself increasingly working with telecom companies to support the increased demand for mobile connectivity with the right infrastructure. Since then, he has worked with real estate owners to build a strategic portfolio across more than 5,000 prime locations, allowing operators to meet their customers’ connectivity needs in the right places.
“From design and deployment to maintenance and operation, getting masts on rooftops or out of the ground is a complex process. We have worked hard to simplify as much as possible for both sides.”
A B2B brand expert for over ten years, Rachel started in Public Relations and broadened to marketing as businesses’ digital communication needs grew. Focused on creating long term communications content, she has helped companies like Lloydspharmacy and Wolff Olins broaden their reputations. And most recently supported several grown-up start-ups in levelling up their brand and marketing presence.
“A grown up start up is a small business with a big idea, or two, and the right people involved to pull them off. Opencell was absolutely one. It’s exciting to level up once again and bring all of Freshwave’s market-challenging ideas to life.”
Alex has almost 25 years’ experience working in property in operational businesses. A chartered surveyor by training, he has maximised value across a wide variety of commercial property assets and managed diverse portfolios of real estate.
“I enjoy working collaboratively with a wide range of tenants and landlords in the commercial property realm. With the demand for digital infrastructure only increasing, it’s an exciting time to be in the industry. There are a wide range of opportunities for landlords to generate income from their properties and I’m a big believer in doing things a little differently to get great results for everyone involved.”
Beginning her career as an engineer, Sharon is a high performing senior manager with 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector. Having held senior positions within Nokia, most recently she specialises in the end to end sales cycle of large and complex infrastructure and services.
“I’ve been building the right relationships for this for a long time; it’s refreshing to be bringing genuinely different and collaborative commercial models to the many digital infrastructure challenges the industry faces.”
With years of telecoms operations and sales experience, Brendan knows the industry inside out. Brought into the business by the founders as early as possible; Brendan has helped grow the business at an impressive rate.
“It can be really confusing for businesses and landlords trying to select the right mobile signal service. For the last six years we’ve used a pioneering small cell model to ensure everyone indoors has network faster, for less and in the right places. I’m excited to widen our offering from ceilings to rooftops and still be part of a business known for how we do things.”
Neil has worked in mobile telecoms for over 20 years, mainly in senior finance management positions, both in the UK and abroad.
As Finance Director for EE’s technology division, he was heavily involved in the successful integration of T-Mobile and Orange, as well as in the launch of EE’s 4G network. And during his time at T-Mobile, he helped deliver its advanced network sharing arrangement with Three. More recently, Neil was CFO for a private equity-backed health technology company.
“I’m excited to help Freshwave grow profitably, supported by our shareholders. Our business model is unique; we can adopt an agile approach to making digital infrastructure simple.”
Julia has over 20 years’ experience working in human resources. Particularly in large technology-led businesses including Logica, Wolters Kluwer Health and most recently AECOM. She’s led teams supporting people working in 15 EMEA countries, and partnered with senior leaders to support multiple organisational and cultural change programmes.
“I joined an exciting business full of growth potential and have been rewarded with a fantastic team of people. It’s an important time to be in a critical industry and work alongside both consummate specialists and young people at the start of their careers. I’m hopeful and ambitious about helping the business grow and our people prosper.”