The board

  • David Meyer

    David Meyer is the chairperson of DMSL. David has been independent chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum since 2015, and was chair of the Ofcom Spectrum Advisory Board 2011-2018, having been a member since 2009.

    David has also worked as a consultant, covering cyber and technology issues for public and private sector clients. In 2010, David was chief information officer at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

    David previously served in the British Army as a Royal Signals officer from 1978 until 2010, ending his military career as deputy chief information officer in the MOD where he was responsible for reform of MOD’s spectrum policy.

  • Ben Roome

    Ben Roome is chief executive of DMSL, the sole joint venture of all four UK mobile operators. Ben was appointed CEO in 2013.

    In addition to his role at DMSL, Ben is a STEM Ambassador, school governor, a fellow of St George’s House Society of Leadership Fellows and a member of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

    Prior to DMSL, Ben held regional and global roles at Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Nortel Networks.

  • Samuel Osomo

    Samuel was appointed to the board in September 2019 as non-executive shareholder director representing EE (part of BT Plc).

    A qualified accountant, Samuel heads up the Commercial Finance Function for the EE brand within BT Consumer.

    Prior to this, Samuel had worked in various Finance functions within the BT Group before joining EE, only to return to the BT fold as a result of the acquisition of EE.

  • Derek McManus

    Derek McManus joined the business in 1987 and is the Chief Operating Officer for Telefonica UK Limited (O2), responsible for all aspects of Network, IT, Fraud and Security, Smart Metering, as well as sponsoring 5G for the company. He was appointed as a member of the Executive Team in April 2007 as the CTO and became the COO four years later.

    He has enjoyed over 30 years in the mobile industry in various technical and business roles. Derek has led a number of significant transformations at O2 at a technology and business level. These include developing O2’s online capability, creating the O2 Labs, changing how we build infrastructure through our ground breaking network sharing with Vodafone, building our industry leading customer service capability and pioneering our customer centric approach to how we build and manage our network. Derek is also Non-Executive Chairman for Airfi Networks.

    Derek holds an MSc in Telecommunications Business from UCL.

  • Robert Finnegan

    Robert Finnegan was appointed as CEO of Three UK and Ireland in March 2020 having been Three Ireland’s CEO since the company’s launch in 2005 and led the acquisition of O2 Ireland in 2014.

    As CEO of Three UK, Robert is responsible for utilising the UK’s leading spectrum portfolio to deliver a great experience for its 10 million customers and has a mandate across both CK Hutchison businesses to accelerate meaningful growth opportunities.
    Robert worked for CK Hutchison (formerly Hutchison Whampoa) in Hong Kong for thirteen years before he joined Three Ireland. There he served as CEO of its beverage division, Watson’s, where he strategically led the development of its water business in China and Europe, building it to market leader position. He also initiated and led the divestiture of Powwow to Nestle for US$545m. Prior to his role as CEO at Watson’s, he held positions as Financial Controller and Finance and Strategic Planning Director at Hutchison for six years.

    In addition to Three, Robert is also a non-Executive Director of AMCK, a leader in the Irish aircraft leasing market in Ireland and a CK Hutchison sister company of Three. A qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Robert
    has also held senior finance roles at Procter and Gamble and Allied Domecq.

  • Scott Petty

    Scott is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Vodafone UK. He is responsible for operational excellence, delivering enhanced business capability and driving innovation to support business growth. He is leading key strategic initiatives such as 5G and network evolution, which puts the power of connectivity in customer’s hands.

    Scott joined Vodafone in 2009 as Business Products and Services Director and was appointed Group Technology Enterprise Products and Services Director in 2012. Here he led product development across connectivity, IoT and converged communications. During this time, Vodafone established itself as a leader in hosted converged communications and IoT.

    From 2015, when he was appointed Enterprise Technology Director, Scott played an integral role to the success of Vodafone’s Enterprise business by managing all aspects of product development and Enterprise Customer solutions. Working closely with Vodafone Local Markets and the Enterprise Business Units, Scott and his team focused on creating differentiated customer experience across the key priority areas underpinned by world class service and the IT digital transformation.