Our team

We’re Lightspeed

A team of broadband experts and we’re here to bring blistering broadband speeds to your street. We’re not new to this, we’ve been around broadband a long time – our management team bring with them over 100 years combined experience to Lightspeed from some of the big telcos. But what we’re focused on now is making a difference to the communities we’re building in because we believe nobody should be left behind. ​

Steve Haines

Chief Executive Officer

Previously Managing Director of BT Group. A telecoms leader, following an outstanding 30-year career at BT, where he led some of the most important milestone events in fixed and mobile telecom’s history. These include a £5bn+ deal with BDUK and Local Authorities to achieve 95% fibre broadband coverage in the UK.  He has completed Oxford University’s Strategic Leadership and MIT’s Innovation and Technology programmes.

Dave Axam

Chief Operating Officer

Previously a Director at BT Wholesale. Dave has over 30 years’ of Telecoms experience, including fixed and mobile network build and operations. At BT, he led and executed complex deals worth £100m’s pa. and is an expert in leveraging disruptive technologies to drive business growth. Dave was South East Regional Director at BT for the Superfast roll-out. Dave holds a DMS and DipM from the University of Portsmouth and a HNC in Electronics and Telecommunications.

Joanne King

Chief Customer Officer

Previously Head of Marketing and Sales at TalkTalk, where she has delivered significant value through the management of their FTTP programme, delivering FTTP penetration over 30%, more than doubling market share, increasing revenue by 14% and achieving a customer satisfaction score of 90%, which culminated in the sale of FibreNation for over £200m in March 2020.

Mara Cabrelli

Chief People Officer

MCIPD qualified Senior Human Resources Professional, with a career spanning more than 20 years. Expertise in start-ups within procurement consultancy, supply chain management, professional services, and Information Technology sectors. Instrumental in growing several start-ups from inception to multimillion-pound organisations. A recognised expert in the design and implementation of Human Resource systems and processes, layering pragmatic solutions, that support operational and strategic business goals.

Dominic Briggs

Interim Chief Financial Officer
Qualified Chartered Accountant with 28 years’ experience PQE. Dominic has over 16 years of Telecoms experience at BT Retail and Wholesale where he held several senior finance and operational roles within billing, operational and finance teams. As a self-employed consultant he has provided support roles for technology and financial services start-ups.

Lightspeed Fibre Holdings Ltd

Pine Grove Enterprise Centre

Pine Grove


East Sussex



Telephone: 01892 956 484

Email: contact@lightspeedbroadband.co.uk