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. 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.”
Working solely within the wireless industry for 20 years, Ravi is a trusted expert, successfully managing large-scale programmes for both UK and European network operators. An engineer at heart, he and his team have designed and deployed some of the UK’s most complex networks, all while diversifying services and developing innovative industry products. Since founding iWireless Solutions in 2006, he has received numerous awards from industry bodies including the Chartered Institute of Building and the Construction Confederation.
“The new expectation is wireless connectivity everywhere, and this poses challenges. I joined Freshwave because together we have the skills, track record and now investment to enable a valuable outdoor Small Cell market within the industry.”
A tech company leader for 20 years, Richard was senior in both Ericsson and Marconi, spending the last decade innovating in the inbuilding wireless sector. First at Ubiquisys and then Stratto, he combined new technology and disruptive commercial models to connect hundreds of thousands of people to indoor mobile signal. Now heading strattoOpencell, he’s further bridging the gap between the telecommunications and real estate markets, particularly through pioneering mobile connectivity indoors as a managed service.
“The in-building connectivity market in the UK is at an important tipping point and it’s time for us to catch up with the US. It’s great working with Digital Colony, their world-class approach and experience is invaluable to us and our customers.”
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.”
Part of the telecoms industry for over 35 years, Nick is a mobile expert that’s particularly interested in the solutions and services that move the industry forward. He’s held senior commercial, operational and technical roles in both Nortel and ip.access, and most recently 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. He’s current focus is innovation and new service development on behalf of the Freshwave Group.
“Collaboration has been a key ingredient in the most successful projects I’ve worked on. When you’re developing solutions and services around mobile networks, long-term thinking and involving all of the right parties as early as possible is what fosters the best results.”
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.”
An experienced Finance Consultant, Naheed has helped many businesses integrate their finance processes, while building longevity and growth into their business plans. From advising large multi-national organisations including Bank of Ireland, Coca-Cola and Virgin Media, she most recently helped fast-growing technology start-ups model their financial futures.
“As a Group and with the backing from Digital Colony we have the opportunity to be creative and visionary with our capital. Being part of a company where so much of the innovation comes to life in my discipline is why I joined Freshwave.”
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 the Freshwave Group’s market-challenging ideas to life.”