The Project Advisory Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Johnson as a director of the company. This is a significant appointment that sees the company expand its specialist knowledge and experience of public sector procurement and contracting within the telecoms sector.

Chris brings more than 30 years of senior telecoms experience, which will directly support The Project Advisory Group’s drive to become the market leader in enabling the delivery of digital infrastructure projects across the UK.

Steve Edwards, director at The Project Advisory Group, commented:

“We are delighted that Chris has chosen to join The Project Advisory Group, he brings with him vast experience and capabilities across a number of sectors, significantly enhancing our offer for clients. Chris joins as a director of The Project Advisory Group and, in this role, we look forward to his leadership and commercial know how taking the business to the next level.”

The Project Advisory Group has from the beginning been very clear about its ambitions to become the de-facto advisory service for UK digital infrastructure projects, and has, therefore, embarked upon a recruitment drive to secure talent and experience from across the telecoms industry.

The appointment of Chris Johnson as a director sees a continuation of this strategy. Chris has enjoyed a distinguished career, starting at Mercury Communications in 1990, that has broken new ground and clocked up a number of notable achievements with highlights including:

  • Eight years as lead commercial and procurement advisor to BDUK’s £2.5bn Superfast Broadband programme which is delivering to over six million premises
  • From 1994 to 2002 held key commercial, marketing and business development roles with NTL, during which time Chris was part of the project team that launched the UK’s first broadband service in 1999
  • Programme Director for Welsh Development Agency from 2003 and led the procurement of one of Wales’ first publicly funded digital infrastructure interventions (the Broadband Wales Programme) including FibreSpeed, which was the first publicly owned and funded fibre network of its type, which is still successfully operating today
  • From 2007 was Head of ICT Infrastructure Delivery for the Welsh Government and co-authored elements of the Welsh Government’s Digital Wales policy; also leading the procurement for Wales’s £425m superfast broadband rollout to 1.2m premises

Chris’s advanced and senior experience in public sector telecoms procurement has seen him work with most local authorities in England and all devolved governments of the UK, making him expert in understanding the objectives and motivations of these influential market stakeholders. Further, Chris also has a robust understanding of the State Aid and Subsidy Control regime that covers government intervention in the deployment of broadband networks in the UK.

Such experience and knowledge will provide clients of The Project Advisory Group with the opportunity to gain significant insight and understanding into how they can build realistic and achievable bids that meet the requirements of public sector partners.

About his new role, Chris remarks:

“I’m truly excited about the opportunity to join The Project Advisory Group and play an instrumental part in driving the business forward to become the leading digital infrastructure advisory business in the UK.”

As The Project Advisory Group continues to expand its pool of talent, the company will further pursue its strategic goal in providing advisory support to investors and broadband network operators to bid for UK Government funding for fibre broadband under BDUK’s £5Bn Project Gigabit programme.

Chris continues:

“Our focus on bringing together, for our clients, the very best teams wrapped with an outstanding level of service and great value for money, will ensure The Project Advisory Group sets the new benchmark in capability and service for digital infrastructure projects.”

In assembling the very best bid teams in the sector with unrivalled technical, financial and commercial capabilities, The Project Advisory Group will be in a great position to support its clients through the full project lifecycle – from the initial business case through to procurement, implementation and delivery and in-life contract management.

Chris will also be instrumental in building The Project Advisory Group’s business within the public sector; enabling clients to achieve their digital infrastructure objectives as part of the UK Government’s Digital Strategy, which includes Gigabit broadband, public sector fibre networks, 5G connectivity and Smart City infrastructure. 


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