Rural broadband provider Quickline Communications is ramping up its support for the communities it serves in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with the appointment of a dedicated social values manager.
The East Yorkshire-based gigabit broadband provider is committed to working with the rural communities where it delivers services, and hosting and supporting community events, making donations and sponsorships to groups and good causes, as well as providing connectivity to community hubs are already routinely delivered by Quickline.
The social values manager has now been appointed to lead and develop the activity much further and ensure the communities that it serves can grow and flourish as Quickline works on the next chapter in executing a social value strategy, working with local authorities and delivery partners to create local jobs, develop skills and provide sustainable local growth in the hard-to-reach communities where Quickline is providing broadband services.
Julie Holmes has taken on the new role and will be responsible for delivering the Quickline Social Impact Plan, co-ordinating all the company’s community support activity.
“I’m overjoyed to have joined Quickline – a company that has social values at its core,” said Julie. “Quickline has already done an incredible amount of good work in isolated, rural communities across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire that might otherwise have been left behind. It’s now my mission to build on that work by ensuring we fully engage with all the communities we serve and support them by whatever means we can and help make a real difference to the lives of people living there.”
Holmes previously spent 28 years at Leeds City Council’s housing department – first as a housing officer and then a tenant engagement officer. She managed a community budget and formed strong partnerships with the third sector and residents’ groups.
She also worked for construction company BAM Nutall in a stakeholder engagement and social values management role, playing an important role in liaising with stakeholders.
Quickline CEO Sean Royce said: “Julie’s appointment as our new social values manager is an important first step in building on the work we’ve already done and to create something unique and special. We have some really exciting projects coming up, which will make a real difference to the people living in those communities.”