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BT today announced the appointment of Kevin Lavery as director of its local and regional government business unit covering all local public bodies in the UK, including local authorities.

Lavery, who reports to Jeremy Stafford, managing director of BT government, will be responsible for the continued successful delivery of BT’s substantial contracts in this sector. These include Essex County Council and Kent County Council.

Lavery has had a distinguished career in public service. He became the youngest council chief executive in the country when he was appointed at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1997. He also worked for Westminster City Council, Kent County Council and the London Borough of Bexley.

Before joining BT, Lavery was public sector managing director at Enterprise plc, and prior to that he was the founding chief executive of e-government company Agilisys.

Lavery was also a consultant at PriceWaterhouse Coopers and was a Harkness Fellow in 1994/95 at the University of Southern California.

Jeremy Stafford, Managing Director for BT Government, said: “We are delighted that Kevin has joined us. He has a formidable track record, and has operated at the highest levels as a provider and a client in local government where he is highly respected. This appointment demonstrates our commitment to our local and regional government customers.”

Note to editors
Lavery is a board member of the Housing Corporation, the funder and regulator for social housing. He is also a member of the CBI public services panel.

Aged 44 and born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Lavery is married with two sons. He was educated at Manchester and Kent Universities.

About BT

BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.
BT consists principally of three lines of business:

• BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services to more than 20m UK consumers and businesses.

• BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband and private circuits.

• BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs of multi-site organisations globally. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group’s turnover was £18,623 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,085 million.

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

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