BT plays a critical role in our social and economic wellbeing so we spoke with Jane Wood, Nations and Regions Director, to find out what exactly this means and what the Corporate Affairs team entails.

Who are you and what do you do

I am Jane Wood, BT Group Nations and Regions Director. I sit in the Policy and Public Affairs team in Group Corporate Affairs. I and my team lead on BT’s policy and public affairs agenda and bolster its political and stakeholder relationships across English Regions, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  We work to strengthen BT’s reputation with MP’s, local politicians, and relevant stakeholders, and working with colleagues across the business units work to advance BT’s business objectives and commercial interests 

What did you do before joining BT and/or the Corporate Affairs team?

I worked at HRH’s Responsible Business charity, Business in the Community working with corporates and governments to champion and deliver sustainable business practices across the UK and before that at Walmart Boots in Corporate Affairs.

How did you decide on a career in Corporate Affairs?

I ‘fell’ into it really after an early career in communications and marketing, watching the growth of devolution in Scotland. I recognised the importance of the triad relationship between business, government and media and the role that communications and corporate integrity had in supporting an end point of public good and I wanted to be part of that journey.

What do you love about your role?

As above really but doing what I believe in for such an important and evolving business that plays a critical role in our social and economic wellbeing, and a business that is modernising at pace but in a changing landscape across the UK.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

MMMM well I think I will censor this a bit and say only that I love to sea swim, (which is fun if a tad freezing !) and I set up a social enterprise bakery in my home town which now operates as a community co-operative

Has the pandemic affected your role/workload?

It has felt busier but I think there is a lot going on at BT just now, it has felt challenging being separate from team colleagues but on the plus side because of Teams I have met more colleagues and been able to connect with them easier.

What’s the best project you’ve worked on?

At BT? The Better Workplace Programme because of the people I have worked with across the teams who support the project and because it is about modernising BT, personally the Taylor Bennet and Digital Boost projects have been especially impactful for me through the amazing mentees I have been able to work with. All the DI&S programmes around Digital Skills have been impressive and again impactful.

Are you part of any professional groups or networks?

Through my role I sit on the CBI London Council, and internally am proud to be a Peer to Peer Support Network member, I also sit on many of the project led working groups across the business. Externally I am a Trustee of Child Bereavement UK and a Board Director on the Royal National Scottish Orchestra.

What are your ambitions and passions for your career?

To learn, grow and contribute impactfully to BT’s objectives and the teams I work with, and looking forward ,to do whatever I do in my working life with the right balance of hard work, intelligence, integrity , mistakes and fun….and to be able to work and have leadership roles in organisations who authentically contribute positively to societal wellbeing, being at BT is a value choice for me.

What would you say to someone considering a career in Corporate Affairs?

Just do it! It’s a great opportunity for a wide mix of skills and experience and it’s a constantly changing and learning environment!

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