Julie Agnew, PRESIDENT
Executive Director of Construction & Delivery, Network Expansion at Virgin Media
Julie has worked in Telecommunications for almost 30 years, a strong operational and people leader driving change and transformation throughout various organisations.
Julie’s currently role in Virgin Media is Executive Director of Construction & Delivery for the Fibre Network expansion and build. She is responsible for delivering the largest infrastructure build programme sponsored by Liberty Global.
Prior to Julie’s role in Network Expansion, Virgin Media – Julie has held various leadership roles within Customer Contact Centres, Customer Care, Field Operations, Networks & Planning, HR and Business Division.
Prior to joining Virgin Media Julie held various positions as General Manager in a large outsource provider across multi-national customer accounts – responsible for P&L, Operational Delivery, Account Management and Customer Base Management.
In December 2018 Julie was appointed President of WICT UK and is passionate about ensuring WICT UK is an enabler for Women in our community and industry to be empowered and supported throughout their career.
In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and three dogs – as well as spending time holidaying in her favourite place – Greece.
Georgia Jones, programme chair
Senior Legal Counsel at Virgin Media
Georgia Jones wants to live in a world where social connection and community brings about change. As a commercial media lawyer, she’s worked most recently at ITV and Vodafone and is currently delivering a great TV product to the UK at Virgin Media.
When she’s not negotiating content deals, Georgia is an accredited mediator with a background in psychotherapy and is building a charity to support the homeless.
Karen Casserly, Vice president
Programme Director at Virgin Media
Karen started her career with Virgin Media in Edinburgh, embracing a variety of operational and programme delivery roles over the years. Karen is now Consumer Organisational and Operational Transformation Lead: leading and executing multiple, high profile organisational transformation and improvement programmes including merger & acquisition, integration projects and cultural change initiatives.
Karen manages the end-to-end lifecycle of business change and improvement initiatives, directing and supporting transition and change plans to meet key deliverables, whilst focusing on both the customer and employee experience.
Karen is passionate about developing and mentoring colleagues across the organisation, building and leading strong capable teams to deliver exceptional change and transformation programmes – considered experts in their field, with a finger on the pulse of customer challenges and innovative solutions.
Gilda Leicer Avila, Fundraising Chair
Digital Journey Manager for Mobile CRO at Virgin Media
Gilda delivers digital change and optimisation that increase conversion of VM’s Mobile offering. With online being an important growing channel, she is passionate about bringing new ideas that deliver amazing experiences to our customers and help them in their journey to join VM Mobile.
With an engineering degree and over 18 years of experience working in IT, she started her career in the telecommunications industry in 2017. A supporter and believer of women’s success in a male dominated industry, her objective is to support women in becoming leaders and help transform the industry.
Rebecca Pike, Digital and Media Co-Chair
Director of External Communications and Digital Media at Liberty Global
Rebecca joined Liberty Global in 2016, with a remit to transform the way the company communicates through a variety of new and existing channels. She was previously a journalist and broadcaster with over 20 years’ experience at the BBC, most recently as Radio 2 Drivetime’s Business Presenter. She started on the show with Chris Evans and then worked on the show alongside Simon Mayo.
Rebecca joined the BBC through its prestigious News Trainee scheme and since then has worked on many programmes, such as Radio 4’s Today Programme, Newsnight on BBC 2, the main news bulletins on BBC 1, Breakfast News, the News Channel and BBC World News, as both presenter and reporter.
She started her journalism career at the Express and Star newspaper in Wolverhampton, before becoming a reporter on the Daily Telegraph. She read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Claudia Beith, Digital and Media Co-Chair
Graduate Research Analyst at Channel 4
Claudia began her career on the Channel 4 Graduate scheme in 2017, where she currently works in the Advertising Research & Development team. She specialises in youth research, running an online community of over 1,000 16-24s and driving commercially focused qualitative and quantitative audience insight.
Alongside her Graduate role, Claudia is studying for an MSc in Marketing at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her dissertation will critique the stereotyped portrayal of women in British television advertising through a qualitative analysis of gender bias. Prior to her MSc, Claudia read Geography at the University of Bristol. In her spare time, Claudia loves to plan her next adventure exploring world and spend time cooking for her family and friends down in Cornwall.
Tatiana Zakharova, Marketing Co-Chair
Marketing Manager at DOLBY Europe
Tatiana is a Marketing Manager at DOLBY Europe, based in London, UK.
She got her BA in Linguistics from Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok, Russia, where she was born & raised. She got her MSc in Marketing from Brunel University, before eventually starting her career in TV Broadcasting.
Tatiana enjoys her job (she really does!) and when she is not brainstorming on the next best marketing campaign, she spend time planning her next trip, as the World is not enough! She loves the seaside, big hairy dogs and her friends would describe her as caring, contagiously motivating person and a pancake maker extraordinaire.
Tatiana joined WICT in 2016 as a member and now is stepping up as the Marketing & Comms co-Chair to encourage and support women in the Broadcasting industry and beyond.
sarah twizzell, Marketing Co-Chair
Senior Product Manager at Virgin Media
Sarah joined Virgin Media in 2015 via the Operations Management Graduate Scheme. Following the successful completion of the scheme she became the Business Manager for the Chief People Officer, furthering her passion for talent development and driving change. Earlier this year Sarah moved into the Senior Product Manager role and is currently focused on launching new Connectivity product initiatives and delivering customer centric propositions.
Prior to joining Virgin Media, Sarah read History and Politics at the University of Nottingham. In her spare time she enjoys planning her next travelling adventure, stretching out in the yoga studio or curling up with a good book and a cup of green tea.
Karen McKenzie, treasurer
Director of Compliance and Construction Support at Virgin Media
Karen has worked in Telecommunications and the Services industry for over 20 years.
Karen joined Virgin Media In 2008 and is currently Director of Compliance and Construction support for the Network Expansion Programme for Virgin Media which is the largest UK expansion programme.
Karen held various leadership roles in Virgin Media prior to her current role across Planning, Collections and Billings, Shared Services, Customer Contact Centres and operational support functions.
Prior to joining Virgin Media, Karen was responsible for Financial Operations at One.Tel which included Customer Services, Collections, Billing and Strategy.
Karen has a track record of driving change and transformation at every opportunity and is passionate about developing people and leaders and encouraging women in all industries to achieve their personal and business goals.
In her spare time Karen loves to spend time with her family and friends and spends most of her weekends playing taxi service to her 2 children.
Tom Hurley, Events Chair
Head of Events and Creative Services at Liberty Global & Virgin Media
Tom leads the global shared services team delivering Events, Hospitality, Design and Film across Liberty Global and Virgin Media.
He joined Virgin Media in 2014 as Head of CEO Communications, where he partnered the CEO on internal communications and engagement activities, before establishing the internal Events team within Corporate Affairs in 2015.
Prior to this, Tom gained 15 years’ experience in the Retail and Financial Services sectors where he worked in Internal Communications, Investor Relations, Executive Support and Retail Management roles.
Ali Davis, Membership Chair
Industry Lead for Telco, Media & Entertainment, IBM
I am a seasoned advertising, digital media, entertainment and telecommunications professional with over 20 years experience. Having worked for, firstly, M&C Saatchi and latterly, Virgin Media, I have now joined IBM to use my in-depth industry knowledge to help bring their transformative technology to enterprise clients across the industry vertical and I am particularly focused on AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain.
I am passionate about helping women have the confidence to reach their potential - whether that be to pursue a role they've previously thought was out of reach, to change careers or push for that raise or promotion. I firmly believe WICT is brilliantly placed to support this goal, as it opens members up to an incredible network of women who are automatically pre-disposed to coaching, advising, mentoring and critically, introducing each other. I am therefore delighted to take on the role of Membership Chair.
Emillie Hill, Secretary
Chief of Staff to CEO
Emillie joined Virgin Media in 2016 as part of the Virgin Media graduate scheme, after obtaining a BSc in Psychology from Loughborough University.
She is currently Chief of Staff to the CEO of Virgin Media, Lutz Schueler; supporting him and the Executive Committee on all the moving parts across Virgin Media.
Having started on a graduate scheme, she is a big supporter of developing young talent and hopes to build on this with the WICT UK team.
In her spare time, you can find Emillie exploring her new hometown of London or hanging out with friends.