Vorboss, London’s dedicated enterprise fibre network, announces it has appointed John Browett as our new Chair. He joins the board of Fern Trading Group, as Paul Latham retires from his position as Chief Executive at Fern Trading Group. Vorboss is backed by Fern Trading Group, which is advised by Octopus Investments.
John is a highly experienced business leader with a career spanning almost 40 years in the retail and investment industries. He has broad experience in both executive and non-executive roles, from launching new ventures, scaling up and leading both listed and well-known businesses, such as Apple Retail, Dixons Retail PLC, Dunelm, and tesco.com. His impressive track record and wealth of experience will be a valuable and vital resource to the team as we develop the business. John is well known to the company as he already sits on the board of the Octopus Group Holdings which is the parent of Octopus Investments.
Vorboss has built a unique infrastructure asset, with over 500km of fibre optic cable already installed, with the aim of being able to connect all commercial property in Central London, with 10Gbps as a minimum, extending to 100Gbps. Following three years of intensive build, the fully owned network was launched to customers in September 2022, bringing the speed and service businesses in the Capital need to drive growth and innovation. Vorboss has grown to over 360 people, many graduating from Vorboss Academy, the first in-house training facility providing the next wave of skills needed to serve an ageing telecommunications workforce.
“John joining us as Chair couldn’t come at a better time to drive forward our ambitions. I'm proud of our growing business and moving the market into a world where end-users no longer think about bandwidth. John’s depth of expertise and his counsel will be invaluable as we really start to scale,” said Tim Creswick, CEO of Vorboss.
On his appointment, John said: “Vorboss has made great strides in upending the fibre industry and I can’t wait to work with them to realise their vision of powering the Capital’s most ambitious businesses. There is no other company out there doing this and what the team has already achieved is remarkable, so it’s hugely exciting to work closely with them at this pivotal moment in their journey.”
Kirstie Lane, Head of Marketing