Garry is a physicist by training, and worked in oil exploration and the nuclear power industry before coming to the Telecoms industry and BT over 30 years ago. In the early stages of his career as an engineer he was the EU standards rapporteur for common channel signalling standards supporting international interconnection of telecoms networks and also worked on standards for GSM/Mobile and Internet Protocol before moving into Product design and regulated network interconnection, in the early days of the duopoly with Mercury in the UK. He led industry negotiations for BT for the launch of key market opening products in the UK including Number Portability, Equal access and Local Loop Unbundling (LLU), before moving into a Regulatory role for BT interfacing to Ofcom and also the EU Commission where he was focused on seeking to ensure BT could benefit from the market entry approach and regulated access products of the UK in the rest of Europe.
Garry also spent 5 years working in mainland Europe with various BT in-country subsidiaries, representing BT Global Services as a “new entrant” negotiating access agreements across Europe from all the main incumbents, including leading negotiations on the availability of LLU from eircom in Southern Ireland, and new access agreements in Germany, Spain and Italy that sought to leverage the EU regulations to BTs benefit.
For the past few years he has been BT Group’s Head of Infrastructure Policy where he has led on the policy and commercial issues associated with BT’s infrastructure with Government and the EU. This has included developing BT’s policy on NGA fibre deployment in the UK, the use of State aid funds for NGA and UK clearance with the EU as well as leading the policy and commercial contract negotiations with BDUK for the main BDUK contracts for fibre builds across the UK to deploy fibre using State aid funds.
Garry is married with 3 sons, and in his spare time is a keen white water kayaker and cyclist paddling and pedalling on mountain rivers and roads across the UK and Europe.