Cllr Sean Anstee, the former leader of Trafford Council, has joined Telcom Group to head a new division of the business.
Although he remains a councillor, Anstee was unseated as leader when the Conservatives lost control of Trafford in May’s local elections, with Labour’s Cllr Andrew Western taking the reins.
Anstee had previously stood as the Conservative candidate for the newly created role of Greater Manchester Mayor, a bid in which he was backed by Doug Ward, one of Telcom’s founders. He then served as skills and digital lead with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
A banker by background, Anstee will now head the infrastructure division of Telcom, established as a business internet services provider in Manchester in 2014.
Telcom is seeking to build hypercity full fibre networks in cities across the UK and has today announced a partnership with Welsh-headquartered services business Pinacl.
Telcom said: “Sean brings with him strategic political insight, commercial experience in the financial services sector, and following a successful period as the leader of Trafford Council and vice chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority with portfolio responsibility for skills, employment and a digital city region is well placed to lead the group into the next phase of growth.”
Anstee said: “I’m excited about the possibilities our new partnership with Pinacl will create as we deliver on our mission to change the country’s internet and ensure our towns and cities have access to the connectivity they deserve to boost productivity and competitiveness in an increasingly technology enabled, global world.
“Telcom is a Mancunian success story and I’m looking forward to working really hard to help the company grow even faster in future and make a huge contribution to improving connectivity across the country.”