Stephanie Liston to chair UK’s Broadband Stakeholder Group
Telecoms lawyer Stephanie Liston is chair one of the UK’s main broadband-industry advisory and lobby groups.
Liston (pictured) takes over from Richard Hooper as chair of the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG). Hooper was in the role since 2010.
“I am keen to embrace the challenge of ensuring that the UK continues to accelerate toward genuinely world class connectivity,” said Liston.
“Huge progress has been made in the past few years to help shape the investment landscape. Major challenges remain in listening to and educating consumers, ensuring that the pace of rollout accelerates, no household or business is left behind and that we benefit from a healthy and competitive marketplace.”
The BSG advises the UK on broadband, but is a neutral forum for organisations in broadband to discuss and resolve key policy, regulatory and commercial issues.”
Liston chairs the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority in the self-governing island in the English Channel, and she leads law firm Mishcon de Reya’s cross-disciplinary regulatory group as senior counsel.
She is a former board member of Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator.
Julian David, CEO of TechUK, the organisation that houses the BSG, said: “Stephanie brings a wealth of international regulatory and non-executive director experience. She joins the BSG at a critical point in the development of our telecoms market. The importance of our digital networks has never been more clearly understood but forging a full fibre and 5G future will not come easy.”
He said: “I know that she will play a pivotal role in helping to lead the UK telecoms market and ensure that our digital infrastructure drives a levelled-up economic recovery.”