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BDUK seeks new chief executive

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), the organisation charged with the task of ensuring adequate broadband speeds throughout the UK, is on the look out for a new chief executive.

The organisation is based within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is in charge of the programme to ring superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017.

According to the job description, the new chief executive needs to be someone with “strong organisational leadership, build high performing teams and deliver complex projects successfully”.

Moreover, the successful candidate will be someone who can  “manage budgets and give taxpayers value for money, drawing on [their] commitment to public accountability.”

Despite the highly technical nature of the organisation, BDUK said that “previous experience of infrastructure projects or in the telecommunication sector would be helpful, but is by no means essential.”

It added that the person filling the role would be a “strategic thinker”.

“You’ll be influential and articulate – able to command the confidence of ministers, engage with local government, negotiate with commercial partners and represent BDUK effectively, especially with the media,” it concluded.

The current chief executive, civil servant Dr Robert Sullivan, is stepping down from the role. Neither BDUK or the DCMS said why Dr Sullivan is leaving the role.

A spokesman told tech publication Computer Weekly that the vacancy for a new chief executive came about as part of a government infrastructure review.

“As part of this we are running an open competition for a newly framed Chief Executive role to lead delivery of BDUK’s programmes at a significantly increased level of responsibility and accountability than under the present structure,” a spokesman told the publication.

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