T has appointed a new chief executive to lead its public sector business in London and the South East.

Mark Sexton will implement a new strategic direction to increase its local presence, leading an expanded team of 22 and focusing on relationships with local government, local health authorities, universities and housing associations.

He said: "The public sector remains under enormous pressure to reduce costs and be more efficient against a backdrop of dealing with increasing demand for healthcare, social care, education and other essential services.

“Technology is a huge enabler and BT's ICT services and expertise, backed by high-speed, secure, global networks, can help our customers meet these seemingly conflicting goals.

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"My aim is to revitalise and strengthen the company’s relationships with our colleagues in the public sector in London and the South East by providing more regular local contact."

Sexton has been working for the telecoms giant for almost 30 years and previously managed roles in finance, service delivery and client relationship management in both public and private sectors.

Andrew Campling, BT's general manager for London and the South added: "Mark's appointment marks a new strategic direction for our public sector division, with significant investment and focus at a local level.”