BT Group announces Isabel Hudson to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, London – BT Group Plc announces today that Isabel Hudson, non-executive Chair of the National House Building Council (NHBC) is to join the BT Board as a non-executive director and a member of the BT Pensions Committee.  Her appointment takes effect from 1 November 2014.

Isabel has had an extensive career in financial services in the life, non-life and pensions industries in a number of senior roles, including in M&A and as finance director. She has worked both in the UK and in continental Europe.

Isabel joined the NHBC in 2011 becoming chair of the Board in November 2011.  She is currently a non-executive director of Phoenix Group, the UK’s largest closed life and pension fund consolidator, QBE insurance, one of the largest property casualty global insurers in Australia (where she chairs the remuneration committee), and an ambassador for the disability charity, SCOPE. In 2009 Isabel became a non-executive director of The Pensions Regulator.

Isabel was previously an executive director of Prudential Assurance Company in the UK and non-executive director of MGM Advantage (an annuity based mutual insurer) where she was chair of the audit committee.  She was also chief executive officer and co-founder of Synesis Life, a specialist annuity pensions buy-out life insurer.

In welcoming the appointment, BT’s Chairman, Sir Michael Rake, said: “It’s with great pleasure that I welcome Isabel to BT.  Isabel’s insight and experience in the regulatory, pensions and financial industries will be a strong asset for BT and its Board.”

Isabel added: “I’m really looking forward to joining BT at such an exciting time in the execution of its strategy.”

About Isabel Hudson

Isabel Hudson joined the NHBC in 2011 and became chair of the Board in November 2011.  In this role she has exposure to government as well as awareness of the regulatory issues surrounding a business with 80% market share.

Isabel has served as a non-executive director of Phoenix Group, the UK’s largest closed life and pension fund consolidators, since 2010. Isabel is also a member of its remuneration and audit committees.

Since 2005, Isabel has been a non-exective director of QBE Insurance, one of the largest property casualty global insurers, providing insurance services in Australia, Europe, North Americaand Latin America /Asia Pacific. Isabel chairs the remuneration committee and is a member of the audit committee. 

Isabel is married (with two daughters) and was educated at Oxford University.  She has an MA in French and German (First Class). 

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach. 

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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