• Change at top of Fibre & Network Delivery unit as Matthew Hemmings comes in for Kevin Murphy.
  • Internal hire sees Hemmings take lead of team focused on expanding Openreach’s UK‑wide fibre network.

Openreach names new fibre delivery guy

Openreach names new fibre delivery guy

Source: Openreach

Matthew Hemmings was appointed Managing Director of Fibre & Network Delivery at Openreach, replacing the outgoing Kevin Murphy and taking responsibility for the build and maintenance of the business’s growing fibre‑to‑the‑premises network.

Matthew Hemmings

Matthew Hemmings

Source: BT

The Fibre & Network Delivery function is one of Openreach’s four main teams and the second largest by headcount, at 10,900. It is focused on delivering access for businesses, individual consumers, mobile cell sites, and public sector clients, and covers civil engineering, service design, and maintenance.

The Fibre & Network Delivery function is one of Openreach’s four main teams and the second largest by headcount at more than 12,000 according to Hemmings. It is focused on delivering access for businesses, individual consumers, mobile cell sites, and public sector clients, and covers civil engineering, service design, and maintenance.

Hemmings first joined Openreach in 2012 as General Manager for Production Planning & Transformation, before moving up to become Director of Fibre‑to‑the‑Premises in 2016. He led fibre network delivery for Openreach’s UK North region between 2017 and 2019, after which he took on the UK‑wide network delivery remit as UK Network Delivery Director. Hemmings remains a Non‑Executive Director for Trafford Housing Trust and Chairman of its Developments board, positions he has held since 2018.

Murphy, who has not yet confirmed his next step, joined BT in 2008 as Director of Network & IT Operations, leading the operator’s data centre and telecoms network. In 2012, he pivoted to BT Wholesale as MD of Customer Services and CIO, a role that included a board seat at BT’s erstwhile Technology, Service & Operations division. He moved to Openreach in 2016 as MD, Business & Corporate Delivery, and became MD, Fibre & Network Delivery from 2018.

Catherine Colloms

Catherine Colloms

Source: Openreach

Colloms expands her brief

Another recent change on the Openreach executive team is that of Catherine Colloms, Director of Corporate Affairs. She has had a slight tweak to brief, becoming MD, Corporate Affairs & Brand. Colloms joined Openreach in 2016 from gambling group Paddy Power Betfair, where she was Director of Corporate Affairs.