BT Recruits new Group HR Director


BT has recruited Alison Wilcox from Vodafone as its new Group HR Director.

BT has recruited Alison Wilcox from Vodafone as its new Group HR Director.

Alison will join on 1 July to head up the company’s human resources team. Alison joins from Vodafone, where she has been the Regional HR Director for Europe for the past 18 months. Before that she was Regional HR Director for Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific for the mobile operator.

Alison’s experience and leadership will play a key part in helping BT deliver on the next phase of its strategy, which aims to deliver sustainable profitable revenue growth. In a career spanning business consulting, policy and operational roles, Alison has worked across multiple industries at executive and board level to develop and execute HR strategies that deliver change. Over her nine years with Vodafone, Alison developed extensive experience in international business, mergers and acquisitions, scale integration of communications assets in South Africa, India, UK, Germany and Spain, business turnaround and growth.

BT holds a strong belief that people want to work for a company that recognises what they have to offer, supports their ability to grow and is a positive force in wider society. Alison joins BT with a commitment to continue to deliver on these values which are vital to creating an environment which brings the best out of its people.

Gavin Patterson, Chief Executive of BT, said: “I am delighted Alison is joining BT, bringing a wealth of experience both in human resources and the communications industry. She is joining a very capable and forward looking team and one with an exciting future.

“BT is entering an exciting period; it is transforming the UK’s broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast; it’s re-entering the consumer mobile market, and BT Sport and BT TV are going from strength to strength. I look forward to working with Alison and seeing BT and its people prosper.”

Alison said: “I am looking forward to this opportunity. BT is one of the UK’s biggest companies in a highly dynamic sector, investing both in its own future and the future of the UK communications market. It is a great privilege to join BT at this exciting time and to be part of the team building for growth.”

Alison is taking over from Clare Chapman who left BT in March, after three and a half years.