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After the designs have been approved, work can start on the ground. This includes everything from readying existing infrastructure to laying fibre.
NBI’s detailed design process covers infrastructure, power and footprint required, drawings, openeir works, Local Authority requirements and revised cost analysis.
Physical surveys are required to examine the existing pole and duct network for inclusion in the design.
David McCourt is the Chairman of National Broadband Ireland and Chairman and CEO of Granahan McCourt Capital, the worldwide investors in technology, media and telecommunications. The Economist describes him as processing “impeccable credentials as a telecoms revolutionary”.
McCourt has held senior roles as CEO, President or board member at some of the world’s biggest telecom network operators, including Level 3 Communications, MFS Communications, Corporate Communications Network, MCI WorldCom as well as well-respected regulated operator, Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises.
Science Foundation Ireland awarded McCourt with its prestigious ‘St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal’, celebrating his significant contribution to technology and innovation across academia, research and industry. The White House also presented McCourt with its first-ever C-flag award recognising extraordinary accomplishments by private sector businesses.
W. David Scott is the Chairman of Tetrad Corp, a multinational conglomerate & privately owned holding company with investment interests in Energy, Agricultural, Telecommunication, Banking & Real Estate segments. He has served on several public boards including MFA, Berkshire Energy, Home Services, Inc. and IRET. In addition to serving on several private boards, he has been involved in numerous civic organizations within his local community.
Aidan is a former international rugby player and current transformation consultant in innovation, leadership, neuroscience, culture & digital infrastructure, having set up and developed the digital infrastructure for Communicorp Media. He is a keynote speaker, author of “Undisruptable” and host of the Innovation Show. Aidan developed and delivers modules for Trinity Business School in Emerging Trends and Technologies and Transformation Management for Business and Life. Aidan brings a fresh focus to sustainability and identifying opportunities in enterprise risk management.
Paul Haran is the former Secretary General of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Haran has served as a Director of the Bank of Ireland, as a member of the board of Glanbia and the Mater Private Hospital. He has also chaired the Irish Government’s Working Group on Legal Costs, and is a member of the Forum of the ESRI, a Council member of the IMI (Irish Management Institute), chair of Forfas Taxation Advisory Committee, a trustee of the Millennium Trust and a member of the board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business.
Ms. Bernie Gray is a management consultant and executive coach. She is an accountant and formerly held a number of senior management positions in Telecom Eireann, and was latterly HR Director. She is currently Chair of Coillte plc, and a member of the Accountability Board of the Civil Service. She has held a number of non– executive roles including former Chairperson of Eirgrid plc, and member of DCU Governing Authority, Irish Payment Services Organisation, Public Appointments Service and Telecom Eireann (now eircom).
Don McAuley serves on the Global Infrastructure team at Twitch, looking after the EMEA region. He has over 25 years’ experience of the telecoms industry, in the equipment vendor and carrier businesses, from both sales and procurement sides of large infrastructure projects.
McAuley’s previous roles have included heading up sales engineering and infrastructure products. He served as the VP of Global Sales for Interoute (now EXA Infrastructure) and played a key role in the rollout of the UK’s regional dark fibre.
Mike Adams is the former Chief Operations Officer and Chief Customer Officer for Rogers Communications, the largest facilities-based cable and wireless carrier in Canada with over 9M wireless customers and over 2M broadband internet customers. In his distinguished career, he has managed an employee base of over 10,000 people internally and over 11,000 third party contractors.
Hamid Akhavan is a Partner at Twin Point Capital, a growth oriented private equity firm based in New York, NY and Palo Alto, CA.
He was previously a Partner at Long Arc Capital, a private equity firm specialising in disruptive technology investments. He has also served as a Principal at Telecom Ventures LLC, an investment firm with a dedicated portfolio for telecommunications and related information technologies. Akhavan served as Chief Executive Officer of Unify Inc. (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications) and held the roles of Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Telecom and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile International.
Musa Sönmez shares primary responsibility for managing Oak Hill Advisor’s (OHA) European operations, as well as for portfolio management of OHA’s European investments. He serves on the board of a number of OHA’s portfolio companies. Musa previously worked for Strategic Value Partners (SVP) where he focused on European investments. Prior to this, he worked at Lehman Brothers’ European Leveraged Finance Group in London and Lazard’s M&A advisory business in Germany.
Mairead is responsible for the Design and Deployment of the network. This encompasses all network activities from Survey, Design, Eir make ready coordination and network build for both the overhead and underground network. The role involves partner and stakeholder management.
Prior to joining NBI Mairead was the MD of Openreach in Northern Ireland where she led an end to end business responsible for all activities including the Design, Deployment and in life provision and repair activities in Northern Ireland. Mairead spearheaded the Openreach Northern Ireland teams commercial investment in Fibre Broadband and during her time moved Northern Ireland from lagging behind in broadband coverage to being the leading fibre to the premise region across the UK and Ireland with over 70% coverage. Mairead held various roles within BT across the UK and Ireland across Networks, IT and Customer Solutions leading teams of 1000 plus people across diverse geographies and skillsets.
Mairead has played a very active role in Northern Ireland in STEM activities in Northern Ireland promoting apprenticeships and encouraging females into STEM careers. Mairead sat on the board of Business in the Community in Northern Ireland for the last 5 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
Mairead holds a 1st class Masters in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Queen’s University, Belfast as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Business Improvement from the University of Jordanstown. Mairead is a certified Prince 2 practitioner.
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