Our BAI UK board advisers provide us with independent expertise and a fresh perspective on business decisions. They have operated at the highest levels of public and private sectors, and in industries that are significant for our business. This includes telecommunications and the rail sector, through to emergency services and government. With their wide ranging expertise, we are confident BAI Communications benefits from the best strategic advice and mentorship. This helps BAI to continue innovating our offer to meet the needs of partners, and the public.
Sir David Higgins
Sir David Higgins is the current Chairman of Gatwick Airport Ltd, which operates Gatwick Airport in the UK.
Sir David is the former Non-Executive Chairman of High Speed 2, a position he held from March 2014 to July 2018, and was instrumental in making the organisation ready to begin rail construction in 2017. He is also the former Chief Executive of Network Rail, a position he held for three years where he initiated a major reform programme.
From 2006 to 2011, Sir David served as the Chief Executive of the London 2012 Summer Olympics Delivery Authority, helping to establish the organisation and negotiate its budget with HM Treasury. He also led the commercial negotiations for Stratford City, London and Continental Railways, and Westfield.
In May 2019, Sir David was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of United Utilities and as of August 2019 will serve as a Council Member for the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a current Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Sir David holds a degree in Engineering from Sydney University and a Diploma from the Securities Institute. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Civil Engineers.
Ian is a business director and former UK government minister. Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director of Thames Water Utilities and Chairman of Code Investing and Chairman of Eqtec plc. He was formerly a member of PwC’s Advisory Board and a senior adviser to telecommunications company Level 3.
Before retiring from politics in May 2010 Ian had an extensive Ministerial career with wide-ranging experience of government and business at the highest levels, including at cabinet committee and departmental board level.
Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (BA Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and the University of Warwick (MA, PhD), Ian was Economic Secretary to the Treasury, 2008 to May 2010, Minister for Science and Innovation 2007–2008, Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment 2006–2007, Minister of State for Trade and Foreign Affairs 2005–2006 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office 2002–2005.
Bill Crothers CB
Bill has operated at the highest levels of both the private and public sector, gaining deep insight into their interactions.
Over a 25-year career with Accenture Bill joined the UK board in 1995, managed the Resources European Business Unit from 2001, and was a member of the senior global team.
Moving to the civil service, he played a leading role in the 2010 to 2015 Coalition Government’s commercialisation programme. In addition to implementing extensive reforms, he led the delivery of over £20 billion efficiency savings and was awarded a CB by the Queen for this work.
On leaving the civil service, Bill built a portfolio of business interests though now concentrates largely on helping to lead a high-growth FinTech.
Bill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Chartered Accountant Fellow. He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy and Manchester University (Computer Science and Accounting).
Jeff’s early career saw him create and operate the world’s first trials of satellite telephone communications for passengers on long-haul aircraft. Blending technical and commercial responsibilities, he went on to run several international joint ventures, including one between BT, Singapore Telecom and Norwegian Telecom.
In the late 1990s Jeff created and led a consortium, between Motorola, Nokia, Northrup Grumman and BT. His team won the competitive bid for and led to the creation of Airwave, a ground-breaking digital mobile communications service for the UK Police. Jeff was a founding board member and held a variety of senior executive roles.
In 2010 Jeff joined Global Crossing (subsequently Level 3) to run their public sector business in EMEA, leaving there in 2013 to roles in Consulting and Advisory.
Jeff has a first Degree in Communication Engineering and an MBA from Henley Management College.