Our leaders

Ahmed Essam, CEO, Vodafone UK

Ahmed started as CEO of Vodafone UK in February 2021. Before this he was Vodafone Group’s Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer. He’s also worked as CEO of the Group’s Europe Cluster – which includes Albania, Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, and Romania.

Our directors

Clare Corkish

Clare became our Human Resources Director in February 2020. She takes care of our HR agenda across the UK business. This includes overseeing talent management, diversity and inclusion, resources, policies, and internal communications.

Andrea Donà

Andrea started as our Network and Development Director in April 2021. Since then, he’s managed the roll-out of our 5G and fibre networks, our converged network strategy, and delivered our 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 worked in several engineering leadership roles since. He’s worked in Kenya, driving modernisation and digital transformation – as well as Hungary, where he delivered transformation projects, launched 5G, and helped bring our digital teams in-house.

Nick Gliddon

Nick became Vodafone’s UK Business Director in October 2021. He had previously been Director of Carrier Services, Vodafone's international wholesale business. He’s also worked in 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. She’s responsible for external communications, government and regulatory affairs, and sustainable business. Before this, she worked in senior roles at Walgreen Boots Alliance, Unilever, PepsiCo, in UK government and in international development.

Maria Grazia Pecorari

Maria Grazia joined us in August 2022 as UK Director of Strategy and Wholesale. She brings extensive experience in strategy, transformation, product management and digital. She’s worked in senior roles in several organisations, including Bain & Company. Most recently, she worked in the global division of BT as a managing director for strategy and products.

Max Taylor

Max is our Chief Commercial Officer. He’s responsible for the commercial performance of our consumer business in the UK. This includes marketing, brand, digital transformation, customer experience, sales, service, and commercial operations. Max has over 25 years industry experience internationally. Before he joined Vodafone UK in March 2019, he was at EE running Commercial & Marketing. 

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 becoming Regional Finance Director for Europe.

Andy Yorston

Andy is responsible for Legal as our General Counsel and Company Secretary. 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.