Named after Neil Armstrong; Neil's personal purpose is focused on changing the world for good using the power of communications - a purpose he shares with BT. This purpose has been a constant driving force in his career. Neil McRae is a leading innovator in the Internet and Telecommunications industry. From using open software to create one of the first service providers in the UK to building several large global networks. Neil has significant knowledge and experience in IP technologies and also significant experience with SDN/NFV, Broadcasting, Optical, Mobile, Voice, xDSL, Datacentre, MPLS and Ethernet. Neil ran Network Engineering at COLT for ten years where he also contributed to COLT’s datacentre build; Neil also ran Networks at Cable and Wireless Worldwide for four years.
For the last four years Neil has lead BT’s global network strategy culminating in extending BT’s leading position in the gartner magic quadrant and supporting significant expansion in BT's global and UK networks.
Neil has worked to expand BT's footprint and capability in the UK from BT’s next generation access network through to Ethernet, Broadband, Mobile and TV services and CDN. Neil is one of two distinguished engineers inside BT.
Neil has been involved in the start-up of many Internet governance and supporting organisations and has been a non-executive director of the London Internet Exchange for over fifteen years. Neil also serves on the programme committee for the UK Network Operators Forum.
In his spare time Neil loves motorsports, live music and technology Neil studied management at Sloan School of Management at MIT.