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New Executive Director for MOA

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John Cooke has joined the MOA as Executive Director following the retirement of Mike Dolan.

He has over twenty years experience in managing legislative and regulatory change, competition issues, crisis management, and reputational programmes.

John’s career has included roles at HBOS, in the financial services industry, and in GlaxoSmithKline, in healthcare sector. He is a former chairman of the Scottish Government's Financial Services Implementation Group (FiSIG), and he has also been a parish councillor, in Kent.

John Cooke said; "I am delighted to be joining the MOA, and this exciting sector. Mobile communications are part of our way of life, and are vital to the UK economy."

Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA), formerly the FEI, was set up to represent the five UK mobile phone network operators - 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone - on radio frequency health and planning issues. The MOA website is:

2. For more information please contact Christine Jude 020 7331 2029, 07714 241924, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.