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Women in Fibre Initiative Interview - Jenny Lennon

1 month ago · 5 min read
Fibrus Construction Director Jennifer Lennon, who will be instrumental in overseeing the successful end-to-end delivery of FTTP in the rural communities of both Northern Ireland and the North of England, took time out of her busy schedule to speak with the Women in Fibre Initiative about her role, her career to date and about encouraging others into what is an industry growing at lightening speed.
Women in Fibre Initiative Interview - Jenny Lennon

๐Ÿ“ What attracted you to the Fibre industry?

Itโ€™s been a natural progression - I have worked within telecoms for 20 years, across various teams and roles. The world of telecoms has changed significantly since then - when I started, we operated with a dial-up connection and now I have the opportunity to be involved in building FTTP.


๐Ÿ“ What advice would give to women considering joining the industry?

My advice to anyone joining the industry is:

  • Donโ€™t be afraid to make mistakes - always be open to continuous learning.
  • Be comfortable with being uncomfortable - this is where we as people and companies make progress.
  • Eliminate complacency โ€“ I recommend reading Hunger in Paradise by Rasmus Ankersen.


๐Ÿ“ What sets your company apart?

As a company we are passionate about our vision โ€“ we are a local team who genuinely want to make a difference to local communities.

We take pride in our culture and have a fantastic team who support us in shaping an environment for everyone to succeed. Iโ€™m very proud to be part of the Fibrus team!


๐Ÿ“ Describe your role?

I have quite a diverse role, I am regularly faced with new challenges, and I am confident there will be many more, particularly as the demand for online service continues to grow!

My main objective is to lead a successful team in building a high-quality fibre network providing hyperfast connectivity across Northern Ireland that will really make a difference.


๐Ÿ“ What do you enjoy best about your role & what have been the challenges?

My biggest challenge to date is also my greatest achievement; delivering an accelerated FTTP build rollout in the middle of a global pandemic. 

We connected our first customer just 3 months after signing the Project Stratum contract โ€“ this is an absolute testament to the commitment and dedication of our team.

No two days are the same, I am part of an extremely ambitious team, I love the buzz and thrive on that energy.


๐Ÿ“ What is the male to female ratio within your company?

 Our gender split is:

-     Male โ€“ 69%

-     Female โ€“ 31%


๐Ÿ“ How many management roles are held by women?

 26% of our management roles are held by female colleagues.


๐Ÿ“ What do you see for the future of the fibre industry?

The last 18 months have had an even greater focus on the importance of high-speed and reliable broadband connections for both our homes and our businesses.

For me itโ€™s all about adapting to change and focusing on the future to ensure we deliver our vision - 100% of Northern Ireland homes will have full-fibre by 2025 โ€“ a significant milestone that Iโ€™m excited to be a part of.

 

๐Ÿ“ What are you excited about in the industry we are working in?

The difference Fibrus is making to the Northern Ireland Economy, particularly to rural communities. Now living with the effects of the pandemic, the benefits of full-fibre broadband are more relevant than ever - I absolutely love being a part of that and seeing first-hand the difference we are making to peopleโ€™s day to day lives.


๐Ÿ“ How long have you been in your role?

I have been in my current role for 3 months, when I joined Fibrus I was Head of Network Build for Project Stratum. Fibrus is a progressive company with opportunity to grow and develop your career. I now hold the position of Construction Director for all our build projects.

 

๐Ÿ“ Please share any positive experiences which you think has helped you in your role?

Fibrus has attracted some of the best talent within the industry, who have a genuine desire to succeed and support others in succeeding. Iโ€™m very fortunate and grateful to be part of that team; I have found some of the best mentors within the business.

Iโ€™m a firm believer that โ€˜whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people whoโ€™ll argue with youโ€™ โ€“ Tony Robbins