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Highly respected financial services executive joins JT Group Board

A former Director of Financial Services for the States of Jersey and Head of AIB Bank in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of JT.

Jersey-based Joe Moynihan joins the Group Board of the Channel Islands’ largest and only locally owned telecommunications company.

In addition to leading AIB Bank and his work in government, Mr Moynihan has enjoyed a long and varied career in financial services. This includes being Chief Executive Officer of the International Corporate Centre of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, and advising Jersey’s Finance industry on the development of banking in the island. He is also a past-president of the Jersey Bankers’ Association.

Mr Moynihan said: “The success of Jersey and Guernsey’s financial services industries has been built on speedy, robust and reliable communications so I’m delighted to be joining the Board of a visionary company that plays such a pivotal role in ensuring our islands are among the most connected places in the world.”

JT’s new Chairman, Phil Male, said: “Joe’s senior-level commercial and public-sector experience, as well as his track record of managing business growth and developing talent, will be hugely beneficial to the JT Board, as will his wealth of Channel Island knowledge. I look forward to his valued input.”


New Chair appointed at JT

JT Group has today announced that one of the UK’s leading technologists, Phil Male, has succeeded John Stares as its Chair. Mr Stares stood down at the end of March, after completing five years in the Chair role, and ten years on the Group Board.

Mr Male has been a non-executive director of JT since 2011, and previously chaired the Group’s nomination committee, as well as sitting on its audit and remuneration committees. He has been at the forefront of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector for almost 30 years, founded two successful start-ups, completed two listings on the London Stock Exchange, and held executive roles at some of the sector’s leading firms, including Demon Internet, The Press Association, Scottish Telecom, THUS, and Cable&Wireless.

Since 2015, Mr Male has worked with investment houses across Europe specialising in telecoms and technology and sat on numerous boards including Virtual1, Kondor, JANet Commercial and The Data Communications Company. He is also a non-executive director of Comic Relief and a guest lecturer at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.

Mr Male said: “One of the things that originally attracted me to JT was the ambitious aim of turning Jersey into one of the most connected places on the planet. The importance of the full-fibre network in Jersey should not be underestimated – it is a social and economic enabler in a world that is only becoming more digital, a truly world-class platform, something that both JT and Jersey should be proud of – it has been a privilege to be part of the story so far.

“I know more than most that the success JT enjoys is down to the hard work put in around the clock by the fantastic teams across the business both on and off the island. I’m pleased that JT is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of talent through our apprentice, bursary and graduate programmes – programmes I’m personally committed to developing further.”

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of JT, said: “Phil becomes Chairman at an exciting time for JT, as we deliver on our promise to be ‘always on, always there and always enabling.’ We now have a clear structure in place to develop both locally and internationally, bringing new products and services to a growing global audience while never losing sight of our Channel Island home.

“Growing revenue outside of Jersey and Guernsey has allowed us to invest in our local networks, not least our ambitious full-fibre project in Jersey, which will be completed very soon. Phil’s guidance will be invaluable to me and the executive team at this strategically important time for the business.”

Tony Moretta, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Jersey, said: “Phil is an acknowledged global expert in the digital and telecoms sector, not least through his position as a Cambridge lecturer and his involvement with The Data Communications Company. To have someone of his gravitas lead JT is a serious feather in the cap for Jersey.”



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JT customers to benefit from ‘Diamond partnership’ with Avaya

JT has become the first telecoms operator in the Channel Islands to become a Diamond partner of Avaya – the US-based multinational technology company – bringing significant benefits to customers in Jersey and Guernsey.

Avaya enables the mission-critical, real-time communication applications of the world’s most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, it provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact centre and unified communications with integrated, secure networking – offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid.

Paul D Taylor, Senior Vice President at JT EMEA, said: “JT is already a member of the Avaya Edge Partner Programme, which means JT and our customers benefit from extra support, more training and earlier access to new products and services. Achieving this status is highly sought after and our people undertook rigorous external scrutiny to reach it. This is a testament to our capabilities as a partner and their view of our on-going high levels of customer service and satisfaction.

“This latest endorsement from Avaya helps us to further differentiate JT in the marketplace and provides a tangible competitive edge and strengthens our position as one of their most accredited Channel Island partners. Diamond partners are the most trusted, so it is a great honour to reach the standard and a credit to the professionalism of our sales and technical teams.”

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JT and La Collette flats make communications history in Jersey

La Collette has made history by being the first part of the Island to remove the copper network in its entirety; paving the way for a full-fibre future.

The area’s network of copper wires and cabinets – which has served the community reliably for decades – has now been removed. In its place is a full-fibre network, capable of meeting the demands of today’s residents and businesses, who increasingly rely on products and services delivered digitally.

The switchover has been carried out by JT in partnership with Andium Homes, which has recently replaced 59 homes at La Collette with 147 new builds that meet the UK Decent Homes Standard, a benchmark of quality and efficiency.

Daragh McDermott, JT’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “As part of their plans for redevelopment, Andium Homes approached us to ask how we might be able to move our copper cables and cabinets from the area. We took the opportunity to move all customer services onto our new, full-fibre network, given that the copper network is being switched off Island-wide.

“The result will be new, modern housing connected to a full-fibre network that is capable of delivering the highest broadband quality and speeds available anywhere in the world.”
Mike Porter, Andium Homes’ Head of Operations, said: “It has been fantastic to work with JT on this project.

The demolition and rebuild is all about giving our residents homes that are fit for the future, which is exactly what JT is doing in communications. The arrival of fibre is great news for our own residents as well as the wider community.”

The removal of copper services and equipment from La Collette is the start of a phased project that will continue throughout 2018 as the remaining properties on the old network are moved onto JT’s full-fibre network across the Island.



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JT to achieve accreditation as a Jersey living wage employer

JT is the first large local company to commit to paying Jersey’s new living wage to its direct employees, which is a major boost for the Caritas Living Wage Project. JT hopes its example will lead the way for other local businesses to register with the scheme, increasing the quality of living for as many people as possible.

Local charity Caritas Jersey, is running a Living Wage Project to encourage firms to adopt this rate in place of the minimum wage, by offering accreditation to those who have committed to the living wage.

JT began planning the implementation of the living wage for its local employees prior to the increase being adopted by the States, this plan will also see JT review their subcontractor’s contracts to bring everyone working for JT in line with the new Jersey living wage.

Jo Waring-Hockley, JT’s Group Human Resources Director, said: “We hope by signing up to the Jersey living wage project we are encouraging other local businesses to do the same. We believe that when you buy something cheap someone else is paying the price, and we wanted to demonstrate how much we value our people. We are a Jersey company and are proud to employ local people and treat them fairly, which is why we plan to raise the bar to ensure fair wages for our external contractors which will help to support our whole community.”

John Scally, Executive Director of Caritas, said: “We have enjoyed working with JT to achieve this accreditation, the process has been seamless. JT’s decision to become part of this scheme is excellent news for Jersey.  If employers underpay their employees, then islanders are denied the ability to enjoy Jersey without worrying about how they will afford to continue living here. Caritas has been part of the Living Wage Project since 2014, we look forward to more local businesses joining the accreditation scheme enabling everyone in Jersey to benefit from a living wage.”

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JT goes green in 2018 in support of Island charities

As an eco-active business, JT has always been proudly green, as well as trying to help local charities to make a difference. This year it is taking it a step further by supporting two local charities that are focused on improving the environment we live in.

Throughout the year, JT’s Jersey team will be working with Littlefeet Environmental and Jersey Marine Conservation, while the Guernsey team will be supporting the Marine Biology Section of the Société Guernesiaise. In JT’s offices in London, Melbourne and Boston, the teams have also selected environmentally focused charities.

Christophe Chateau, JT Group Head of Culture and Staff Engagement, said: “The environmental movement has a new energy as more and more of us wake up to the ‘plastic pandemic’ in our oceans, the impact of our coffee-cup culture, and the potential impact of everyday activities on global warming. Our people across JT felt that we needed to focus on our planet this year and in particular the environments and communities that we live and work in.”

Courtney Huisman, a volunteer at Littlefeet Environmental, said: “We may be a small charity but we have big plans for 2018. Last year, we collected over 140 bags of rubbish and 380 plastic bottles from island beaches and, with JT’s help, we expect to pick up a lot more this year. I would like to thank JT for choosing to support Littlefeet Environmental but, more importantly, for choosing to support the environment.”

In 2017, JT’s people raised £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease-related charities.

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JT-sponsored IoD seminar to tackle Guernsey’s air links

The JT-sponsored Institute of Directors winter seminar series will conclude on Friday 13 April by revisiting the important topic of Guernsey’s air links.

The subject was last discussed by the IoD in 2016, not long after the regulator had raised concerns about the Blue Islands / Flybe franchise agreement on inter-island routes and Aurigny’s Alderney services had been criticised following the airline posting a £4.6m loss.

The cost, frequency and reliability of air links remains as relevant now as it did then. New services have been launched while others, including an inter-island seaplane link, have been proposed. But is Guernsey in a better place, two years down the line? Given the continued focus on air connectivity, from both a social and business perspective, JT and the IoD are pleased to welcome another strong panel to discuss this important issue.

Panellists are Economic Development President Charles Parkinson; Lyndon Trott, Vice President of Policy & Resources; Andrew Haining, Chairman of Aurigny; and Tom Barrasin, Chief Commercial Officer, Blue Islands.

The panel will review and discuss the political vision for the future of Guernsey’s air links, the means by which the resulting strategy will be implemented and funded, the implications for both Aurigny and private operators such as Blue Islands, and the potential implications for the airport infrastructure. The seminar will be held at 12.30 pm in the Dorey Room at St James.

James Ede-Golightly, IoD Committee member and series organiser, said: “Air links will always be critical to the economic success of an island community, so we felt it was important to revisit this topic. With such a knowledgeable panel and a business audience who will naturally want affordable, regular and reliable transport links, I expect that that any debate will be informed, rational and lucid, and perhaps a little lively.”

Tamara O’Brien, Deputy Managing Director of JT Guernsey said: “With over 600 people working across the Channel Islands, Europe, the US and Australia, JT is all too aware of the importance of robust air links. Equally, we’re conscious that the airline industry is a challenging one, so it will be both interesting and useful to put all the issues on the table. We’re pleased to continue to support the IoD in providing these topical and well attended lunchtime events for its membership.”

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