New BT Cymru Wales director named

BT has named Alwen Williams as the new director of its Welsh business.

Alwen, 38, has been working for the communications giant since 1996 and replaces Ann Beynon, who stepped down from the director role in the summer after 17 years.

Living in Connah’s Quay, she’ll divide her time between both north and south Wales in her new role. She starts Monday, September 21st.

As director for BT Cymru Wales, she’ll oversee around 3,000 employees and work closely with every part of the organisation to ensure its success. Before, she led the engagement and communication activity for BT’s recent human resources transformation programme.

The former pupil of Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst, who grew up on the family farm in Gwytherin, said: “Becoming director for BT Cymru Wales is a wonderful opportunity.”

“I’ve spent a number of years working for BT, but this has primarily been outside Wales. This is where my heart is so it’s great to be ‘coming home’ at such an exciting time.

“BT is a key part of Wales. We provide vital services and investment for every Welsh community no matter how big or small, spend nearly £200m every year with local suppliers provide employment for thousands of people as well as, of course, being a major supporter of regional rugby in Wales.

“What’s clear to me is that in one way or another a high percentage of people living in Wales will come into contact with BT. I want to ensure that they have a positive impression of the company – no matter what that contact is – and that we continue to play an integral part in the digital revolution that’s currently taking place across the country.”

Commenting on her appointment, Brendan Dick, managing director of BT Regions, said: “Alwen has a fantastic track record of delivery so we’re delighted to have her on board in this key role.

“In a relatively short space of time she’s worked her way up to from joining BT straight after leaving school to now heading up BT in Wales. That’s testimony to her hard work, determination and ability. But I also think it reflects positively on how we develop and nurture talent in BT.

“Her predecessor, Ann Beynon, did a marvellous job not only for BT but also for Wales. I’m confident that as another passionate and committed Welsh woman in business, Alwen will, in her own way, have the same positive impact.”