• Liz Benison departs to focus on regional CEO role at Openreach partner ISS.
  • Ceeney named as her replacement and will take the role in May.

ISS UK&I CEO to drop Openreach Non‑Exec role

ISS UK&I CEO to drop Openreach Non‑Exec role

Source: ISS

Openreach added Natalie Ceeney to its Board of Directors, replacing out‑of‑contract Liz Benison.

Ceeney will join after Benison’s departure at the end of April. Benison has come to the end of her five‑year tenure as a Non‑Executive Director.

Mike McTighe, Openreach Chair, said that Benison will step down to “focus more on her full‑time CEO role at ISS UK and Ireland”. Benison was named CEO at the facilities management provider in early‑2021.

Openreach will be Ceeney’s fourth concurrent Non‑Executive seat. She is also Non‑Executive Director at Anglian Water Services and Ford Credit Europe Bank, and Deputy Chair at Sport England.

She has previously held senior executive positions at several British institutions, including at The British Library, HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the Financial Ombudsmen Service, National Archives, and the National Health Service.

Her first Non‑Executive role was at property group Countrywide in 2017, shortly after which she was named Chair of the UK’s government’s Innovate Finance fintech acceleration community.

“ Natalie is a true consumer champion and her experience in strategy and transformation will serve the Board well as we look ahead to the next stage of our journey. ”

— McTighe.

Openreach Board of Directors, May 2022 *
Note: * barring further changes.

Source: Openreach.

Mike McTighe Chairman

Edward Astle


Andrew Barron


Natalie Ceeney


Matt Davies

Chief Financial Officer

Simon Lowth

BT Group Chief Financial Officer

Clive Selley

Chief Executive