Our leaders

Ahmed Essam, CEO, Vodafone UK

Ahmed was appointed CEO of Vodafone UK in February 2021, and prior to this was Vodafone Group's Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer since October 2018, after holding the role of CEO of the Group's Europe Cluster, which comprises Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Malta, Portugal and Romania.

Our directors

Clare Corkish

Clare became our Human Resources Director in February 2020. She takes care of leading the HR agenda across the UK business, overseeing talent management, diversity & inclusion, resources, policy and internal communications. Previously, she’s worked in a variety of HR leadership roles at blue-chip companies such as PepsiCo and Barclays.

Vishal Dixit

Vishal is Strategy and Wholesale Director. He heads up our transformational strategy and mobile wholesale business. He's had senior strategy roles in Vodafone UK since 2014. Previously, Vishal was an engagement director with McKinsey & Company, where he led multiple accounts.

Andrea Donà

Andrea was appointed as Network and Development Director for Vodafone UK in April 2021, as part of a group-wide restructuring that saw one integrated European network. He has since managed the roll-out of Vodafone UK's 5G and fibre networks, our converged network strategy, as well as delivery of the company's network transformation and digital agenda.

Ahmed El Sayed

Ahmed is our UK IT Director. He joined us in 2004 as a software developer and has held multiple engineering leadership roles in Vodafone, across several countries. He's worked in Kenya, driving modernisation and digital transformation - and Hungary, where he led major IT transformation projects, launched 5g and helped bring digital expertise in house.

Nick Gliddon

Nick became Vodafone’s UK Business Director in October 2021. Prior to this he was Director of Carrier Services, Vodafone's international wholesale business, where he worked closely with tech disruptors such as Facebook and Uber. He has also held senior executive roles in India and Egypt. Nick is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes flourish using the right technologies.

Nicki Lyons

Nicki became Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in October 2021 with responsibility for external communications, government affairs, regulatory affairs, and sustainable business. She has held previous senior roles at Walgreen Boots Alliance, Unilever and PepsiCo, in UK Government and International Development. She specialises in corporate reputation management and ESG.

Shelley Malton

Shelley became our Customer Services, Operations & Digital Director in March 2020. She is responsible for consumer operations, enterprise operations, billing and collections, customer relations, digital service and customer experience across all of our mobile, broadband and internet of things (IoT) services. Previously, she has held senior roles at Experian and Barclays.

Max Taylor

As Consumer Director, Max is responsible for marketing, brand, digital transformation, sales and commercial operations of Vodafone UK's consumer business. Before he joined Vodafone UK in March 2019, he held leadership positions in several other telecoms companies.

Emanuele Tournon

Emanuele has been our Finance Director since January 2017. He joined Vodafone Italy in 2000, moving on to become Finance Director in Italy before being appointed Regional Finance Director for Europe.

Andy Yorston

Andy is our General Counsel & Company Secretary and has responsibility for Legal, Corporate Security and Compliance. He joined Vodafone Group in 2010 as Senior Litigation Counsel and has held multiple leadership roles in Vodafone UK including Head of Risk and Compliance and Head of Legal. Previously, Andy was at Eversheds Sutherland.