Author Archives: Billy D'Arcy

About Billy D'Arcy

Billy D’Arcy, is the Managing Director for Telefonica O2 UK’s Public Sector Business. A graduate of University College Dublin (Michael Smurfitt Business School) as well as the Dublin Institute of Technology, Billy has spent the last 25 years working in senior commercial roles across organisations in the Telecommunications & ICT Industry that include Cable & Wireless, Eircom, Worldcom and for the last 11 years, O2. In 2009, he transferred to the UK from the Irish operation of O2 to Head up Corporate Sales for O2 UK. The last 2 years have been spent developing a significant Public Sector Business for Telefonica in the UK. Billy lives in Berkshire with his wife Louise and 3 children, the eldest of which has just started at University. His interests include Rugby, Power Boating, Mountain Biking and meeting interesting people.

Collaborate to innovate: how digital start-ups can help the public sector

by Billy D’Arcy, Managing Director: O2 Public Sector  At O2 we’re proud supporters of our start-up accelerator, Wayra, and the work they do to galvanise innovation. Over the past four years Wayra have supported almost 100 start-ups which have raised a total of $55m (£36m) in investment, ranging from government grants to venture capital. However, … more »

Why the Public Sector should embrace start-ups

by Billy D’Arcy: Managing Director, O2 Public Sector Steve Jobs once said, “innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” The word innovation has now become entrenched in the vocabulary of our everyday lives, catalysed by technological growth and digital start-ups. Traditionally it has been Private Sector organisations ploughing money into research and development, but the … more »

2015 Budget places technology at its core

Billy D’Arcy, Managing Director, O2 Public Sector On the 18th March 2015, Chancellor of the Exchequer- the Rt Hon George Osborne MP- gave his eagerly awaited pre-election Budget in the House of Commons. In a speech that lasted just over an hour, what was really striking was the way in which the Chancellor outlined the … more »

2014: A year in the Public Sector

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s worth taking a moment to look back at what’s been a Christmas cracker of a year in Public Sector, and start to look forward to an equally exciting 2015. 2014 was a year for change. A year when many public sector organisations have strived for more innovative ways … more »

O2 is proud to support NSARDA

You might be surprised to know that over 250,000 people go missing each year in the UK according to Home Office figures.  They go missing in all kinds of terrain; from hill walkers lost in mountainous or rural areas to the elderly and victims of crime in urban areas – in fact almost anywhere you … more »

Public Sector: The Front Line of Data Security

Very few organisations in the UK handle more sensitive data than those in the Public Sector. They are on the front line of the debate around data security, and as data collaboration increasingly becomes the norm between public bodies and Private Sector companies, there is an increasing need to ensure data is managed and handled … more »