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B4RN is looking to hire a CEO

Have you got what it takes to be a CEO? If so then a new CEO position is being advertised by B4RN to run the company that is delivering fibre to the premises to an ever increasing footprint across the rural areas of the English North West.

"The Board is looking for a good manager of people, capable of providing high quality leadership and management of B4RN and its activities. We are searching for someone with sufficient technical expertise to enable effective management of specialist staff, and to focus future development of the network, as well as with a proven track record of working with and managing volunteers and community-based activities. We are looking for a strategic thinker with significant financial acumen who is able to maintain, foster and develop the vision and ethos of B4RN."

B4RN job advert

The position will be open to negotiation but a figure around the £45,000 p.a. is mentioned and with over 2,500 customers and well on their way to breaking the 3,000 project the hard working people of B4RN and its volunteers are going to very rural locations places and doing amazing things to bring Gigabit broadband to areas.

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Map of B4RN Fibre to the Premises postcodes

Barbon as highlighted on the above map (and Middleton a couple of miles away) is one of latest areas to benefit from the roll-out, and while the bulk of the money to roll-out in that area is coming from locals there is a £9,000 grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Comments

Interesting pay rate @ £15 per customer, they must be intending to grow significantly. Makes BT CEO look underpaid! :-)

  • jumpmum
  • 11 months ago

Any CEO who did not spot a £500m black hole in their accounts can hardly be considered to be underpaid.

  • gerarda
  • 11 months ago

@ gerarda - You will have to educate us how to spot things like this. It's not like it will be written on a bit of paper for all to find...

  • AndyCZ
  • 11 months ago

Gerada -standard typical comment I see

  • fastman
  • 11 months ago

Hmm, irrespective of number of users that doesn't look like a particularly attractive salary for what they are asking for.

  • ian72
  • 11 months ago

Andy 1. If the results of an operation look too good to be true then they aren't true. 2. If senior managers are rewarded on specific measures then expect those measures to be manipulated until proved otherwise. 3. Don't have a culture where people hide mistakes.

  • gerarda
  • 11 months ago

@ gerarda

1. Multibillion pound companies don't have forensic accountants checking every single penny and every transaction. Corporate scandals happen, you have to learn from them and investigate how they happened in the first place.
2. Clearly you've never worked in a job that rewards performance.
3. You claiming BT has a culture where people hide mistakes? Quite a bold allegation.

  • AndyCZ
  • 11 months ago

Hi Broadband Watchers.
Could this be another French/ Italian job a salary of £48k covering 3K customers but I do agree they have done a good job just keep on digging.

  • Blackmamba
  • 11 months ago

In the map...

Its interesting the way all those coverage dots perfectly follow the valleys and avoid the "green" upland areas.

Obviously even the valleys are pretty "upland" remote, anyway, but it is quite surprising that B4RN's coverage happens to follow the cartographer's choice of colouring...

  • WWWombat
  • 11 months ago

http://labs.thinkbroadband.com/local/broadband-map#10/53.9019/-2.4355/uso/openreach/b4rn/

Forest of Bowland is pretty much JUST forest and no postcodes located in it

For those investigating the overbuild issues, the Openreach layer if toggled lets you see the extent of that

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 months ago

@AndyCZ
1. and 2. I have worked in multi-billion pound organisations at finance director level so my observations come from experience - corporate scandals happen rarely but when they do its usually because of the three reasons I gave.

3. I have seen a number of examples.

  • gerarda
  • 11 months ago

I am in the volunteer group that is the B4RN Barbon + Middleton Community Project. Every B4RN Community Group takes on the task gladly, to take 1 Gigabit FTTP literally to the boundary of EVERY PROPERTY in its Parish (or as close as it can get). This includes all outlying cottages, houses and very importantly, every farm. I do not know exactly what the 'grey dots' on this map repreaent (postcodes can include some oddities of location), but I can assure you all we do not "avoid tge green bits".

  • B4RN_Volunteer
  • 11 months ago

By the way, I am on BT Infinity 2 and very unsatisfied by the download/upload speeds I am getting from BT at only 52.8 Mbps download and 18 Mbps upload. I only live 0.5 miles from the BT Exchange.

  • B4RN_Volunteer
  • 11 months ago

@B4RN_V
Sounds like either you are actually on Infinity 1, or you should downgrade to Infinity 1.

What do you find limiting with 53/18?

  • Somerset
  • 11 months ago

The grey dots are the centre point of the postcode as defined by Ordnance Survey.

Pleased to here that you go deep into the Forest of Bowland

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 11 months ago

@B4RN_volunteer
As @andrew said, and I expected, the grey dots represent the centroid of each covered postcode.

My comment was a note about how those dots avoided the (cartographer's choice of) green. Not that B4RN installers avoided anything.

Its a side-effect - of a combination of where people actually live, where Royal Mail assign postcodes, and what map-makers choose.

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

@B4RN_volunteer
But an interesting question...
If there's a single property 2 miles up a track in the forest, and they have no interest in broadband (fibre or otherwise), does B4RN install a fibre up the track anyway? Just in case, for the future?

  • WWWombat
  • 10 months ago

Hi Wombat.
I would think Barn would do the same method as BT on a Post Code and provide only to the boundry if the customer did not want the service at the present time.
This method has been used at Wormley for a line that served an ex CEO of a large ISP provider others paid for the long fibre runs to get to the High Button area which as you know is in a green rustic location. This area was under BD/UK contract. Walter was interested in this area Cab 7 Wormley.

  • Blackmamba
  • 10 months ago

@Blackmamba ?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • 10 months ago

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