Cardiff ISP expands senior team

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Spectrum, the Cardiff based broadband service provider, is continuing to expand its executive team with the appointments of Justin Leese as chief technical operations officer and Steve Cooper as chief delivery officer. 

The appointments will help Spectrum to deliver on its initial £200m full fibre broadband plan for south Wales and play a key role in supporting Wales’ economy.

Justin Leese brings a wealth of knowledge and 30 years experience in the telecoms industry from companies such as ScottishTelecom (Thus plc), NTL (Virgin Media), mBlox, Ericsson and Openreach. Most recently, Leese held the role of programme director at Building Digital UK, part of the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where he oversaw a multi-million pound portfolio of digital infrastructure programmes. 

‘Following the recent landmark investment in the company, it is an exciting time to be joining Spectrum,’ said Leese. ‘I am very much looking forward to coming home and helping to deliver on Spectrum’s full fibre broadband plans for Wales.’ 

Steve Cooper has a track record in negotiating, structuring and delivering large and complex infrastructure programmes. Prior to joining Spectrum, Cooper led the delivery of fibre to the premises at WightFibre and was previously executive vice president, Europe, and a member of the global development executive group at Skanska Infrastructure Development - where he led the company’s European investment business, responsible for an investment portfolio of €600m. 

‘I am pleased to be joining such a talented group, and I am looking forward to working to transform the digital landscape in south Wales, including the connectivity of many currently underserved communities,” said Cooper. ‘I’m excited to be able to offer Welsh residents and businesses a far faster, greener and more reliable fibre service, and to be working with the whole team to make Spectrum Wales’s leading homegrown broadband services provider.’

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