Liv Garfield

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Liv Garfield
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Olivia Garfield speaking at The London Conference on Cyberspace, 2011
Olivia Ruth Burgess
EducationBootham School, York
Alma materNew Hall, Cambridge
OccupationChief executive
TitleChief Executive of Severn Trent plc
TermApril 2014-
PredecessorTony Wray
Spouse(s)Morgan Garfield
ChildrenTwo sons

Olivia "Liv" Ruth Garfield (born 10 September 1975) is a British businesswoman. She is the chief executive of Severn Trent, and formerly the chief executive of Openreach, a BT Group business.

Early life[edit]

Olivia was raised in Harrogate.[1] Her parents, who were originally from Liverpool, run a project management and engineering business in Harrogate. Her grandfather was the groundsman at Goodison Park.[1] She was educated at Birklands Belmont School (now Belmont Grosvenor) in Birstwith near Harrogate, followed by the co-educational Bootham School, an independent school in York.[2] She had an ambition to be a presenter of Blue Peter. She read German and French (Modern and Medieval Languages) at the all-female New Hall, Cambridge.[1]


After graduating, she spent a year working at the British Consulate in Brussels.[3] She then worked at Accenture as a consultant in their communications and high-tech market division for six years.[4]


In January 2003, she joined BT as general manager, running a desk-based sales team.[4] She later became BT's director of strategy and regulatory affairs.[4] On 1 April 2011 she was made chief executive of their Openreach division; Openreach had been formed in 2006.[5][6] In that position, she spearheaded and oversaw the £2.5 billion rollout of fibre broadband (BT Infinity service) to two thirds of the UK.[4] On March 2017, BT received the biggest Ofcom fine ever due to inappropriate use of the Deemed Consent to delay Ethernet provision to other providers, which started while she was CEO.[7] In 2013, Garfield was identified by Fortune Magazine as one of the world's fastest-rising corporate stars.[8] In 2014, Fortune called her the 14th Most Powerful Woman in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.[9]

Severn Trent[edit]

In April 2014, she became the chief executive of Severn Trent.[10] In November 2017, the company announced plans to sell its surplus land[11]. As of May 2018, Garfield's role at Severn Trent made her the youngest female CEO of a FTSE 100 company.[12]


In February 2013, she became a non-executive director at Tesco. She stepped down in February 2015.[13]

In May 2018, Garfield was announced as the 2018 winner of the prestigious Veuve Cliquot Business Woman Award.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Her husband Morgan Garfield (born 22 January 1976), whom she met at university when he was at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, runs a property investment fund.[2] She has two sons and a sister and brother. She married in 2002 in North Yorkshire.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile - Olivia Garfield: A winning strategy pays off for a woman on her way to the top". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Mother-of-two becomes FTSE's youngest female boss". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Telecom star Liv Garfield set for splash landing". 19 November 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Liv Garfield to become CEO of Severn Trent". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "BT fined record £42m for delayed installations". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Severn Trent boss Liv Garfield scores business woman of year". This is Money. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  9. ^ "Liv Garfield". Fortune. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  10. ^ "Severn Trent's Liv Garfield vows to keep 'lowest bills' after". 29 May 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Severn Trent announces plans to sell surplus land". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  12. ^ a b Johnson, Jamie (2018-05-10). "Liv Garfield wins business woman of the year title". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  13. ^ "Two NEDs say 'bye bye' to Tesco". Management Today. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Tony Wray
Chief Executive of Severn Trent Succeeded by
Preceded by
Steve Robertson
Chief Executive of Openreach
April 2011 - February 2014
Succeeded by
Joe Garner