Neil McRae

MD Architecture & Strategy, Chief Architect, BT Group

Neil McRae

Speaker Bio

Neil, named after the first man to walk upon the moon, has over twenty years working in the technology arena, He joined BT in 2011 as Chief Network Architect driving the network strategy for BT across all lines of business. Setting a strategy of simplification Neil was able to realise significant capital savings and improved customer experience on BT’s core broadband products and was also instrumental in driving mobile and wireless as a critical capability which lead to BT acquiring 4G spectrum and building a 4G network. This lead to the acquisition of EE where Neil lead the technology workstream .

Neil is now BT Chief Architect leading Architecture and Technology direction across all of BT, most recently leading BT’s 5G programme. Neil is a BT Distinguished Engineer.

Neil’s entire career has been linked to his personal purpose in which he believes that getting people connected opens them to education and gives opportunity for anyone to be successful.

Neil works with under-privileged teenagers helping them with technical skills in the areas of computer programming and  electronic engineering and also supports Path of Play, an organisation that uses gaming to support those who live with autism- “when we play, we connect”.

Neil is married to Mandy, with one daughter, Jade and a grand-daughter, Amelia and grand-son Theo