Keith Todd – Independent chairman to lead broadband advisory group

Keith Todd – Independent chairman to lead broadband advisory group

Joint DTI and Broadband Stakeholder Group Press Release

11 February 2002

E-Commerce Minister Douglas Alexander and the BSG today announced the appointment of former ICL chief executive Keith Todd as chairman of the Government’s key advisory committee on broadband (high-speed, always-on internet access), the Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG).

The Government’s comprehensive Broadband Strategy, published in December last year, drew heavily on the Broadband Stakeholder Group’s first report and recommendations.

The Government will continue to draw on the front line experience and expertise of Stakeholder group members in developing future Government policy, and the appointment of Mr Todd marks the next stage in the group’s development.

Mr Todd has twenty-five year’s experience in the ICT industry. He will take up the role with immediate effect.

Mr Todd will take forward a new programme of work, focusing on broadband end-users. The new work streams within the Stakeholder Group will concentrate specifically on:

  • Broadband Promotion / Marketing
  • Broadband for Education
  • Broadband Content
  • Regulatory Framework
  • Strategy Implementation

E-Commerce Minister Douglas Alexander said:

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Keith Todd as the first independent Chairman. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the fast moving world of technology, and I greatly look forward to working with him.

“Broadband allows the user to interact with and view online material, which integrates not just text and graphics, but audio and video too. And like the Internet – though unlike broadcast television and radio – you can access exactly what you want, when you want. For businesses it can make the difference between costly software licenses and upgrades and economical downloads of the very latest technologies.

Mr Todd said:

“I am honoured to have been offered this important job, which I was happy to accept. The Government has signalled that it is committed to Broadband because of its importance to the UK economy.

“I look forward to leading the BSG’s work in monitoring and supporting implementation of the Government’s Broadband strategy and in particular helping to identify ways to accelerate the adoption of Broadband services by business and consumers, across the country.”

Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive BT Group said:

” We are delighted that the work of the Broadband Stakeholders Group will be taken forward under the leadership of Keith Todd. We believe that, by working together, the stakeholders can dramatically transform the UK broadband services market.”

Adam Singer, CEO of Telewest said:

“We are very pleased that Keith Todd has agreed to chair the BSG. His experience at a senior level in the industry coupled with his independence from the key players will be extremely valuable.”

Stephen Carter, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of ntl Group Ltd, said:

“ntl supports the ongoing work of the Broadband Stakeholders’ Group and is delighted that Keith Todd has agreed to take the chairman’s role. The UK must continue to develop a vigorous and focused broadband strategy, and we believe the BSG, acting as a ‘critical, knowledgeable friend’ to the Government, can help to achieve this.”


The Broadband Stakeholder Group was established in 2001 to advise the Government in the development of strategies to accelerate broadband access and coverage in the UK. The Federation of the Electronics Industry is a leading BSG Member. Other members include representatives of key broadband companies and consumer groups.

Keith Todd is currently the Chairman of his own consulting company, Knotty Green Consulting, and non-executive director of the IT services company ECSoft. From 1996 to 200 he was CEO of ICL plc, overseeing its transformation from a computer manufacturer to a global IT services company. He has held a number of other senior executive positions with Marconi, ICL and Cincinnati Electronics. He has held positions on the boards of Camelot, the Open University Council, the CBI Presidents committee and the Government’s Information Age Partnership. He is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University in 1999.