Davie Bowman

The Lead Officer responsible for Openreach is Davie Bowman, CWU Assistant Secretary.

Davie’s PA is Louise Lane. Her contact details are: Tel: 020 8971 7418 or

The National Team who support the Officer on Openreach matters are:

Julia Upton (Chair)
Nick Darbyshire
John Donnelly
Julia Upton
Dave Mitchell
Phil Thomas
Garry Woodman

Openreach was formally launched on 11 January 2006. It is the most visible organisational change as a result of undertakings given by BT as part of the Telecom Strategic Review.

Openreach employs around 30,000 people, of which 28,500 are in CWU represented grades.

Openreach team members maintain, build and repair the local access network from the exchange to the end-users’ premises. Openreach’s role is to provide ‘equivalence’ or equal access to the local loop for all communication providers.

The CWU is very much involved in the shaping of Openreach at grassroots level, and in seeking to change both the gender and ethnic balance in the workforce.

Agreement: Collective Agreement on High Level Principles and Consultative Arrangements for Resourcing between Openreach (A BT Group Business) and the CWU
OPENREACH Attendance Patterns Framework Agreement 170709

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