Olivia “Liv” R. Garfield (born c.1975) is an English businesswoman. She is the chief executive of Severn Trent, and formerly the chief executive of Openreach, a BT Group business.
Career Olivia Burgess was raised in Harrogate. Her parents, who were originally from Liverpool, run a project management and engineering business in Harrogate. She was educated at Birklands Belmont School (now Belmont Grosvenor) in Birstwith near Harrogate, followed by Bootham School in York. She read German and French at New Hall, Cambridge.
After graduating, she spent a year working at the British Consulate in Brussels. She then worked at Accenture as a consultant in their communications and high-tech market division for six years. In 2003, she joined BT as general manager, running a desk-based sales team. She later became BT’s director of strategy and regulatory affairs. In 2011 she was made chief executive of their Openreach division. In that position, she spearheaded and oversaw the £2.5 billion rollout of fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK. In April 2014, she became the chief executive of Severn Trent.
Since February 2013, she has been a non-executive director at Tesco.
Her husband Morgan Garfield, who she met at university, runs a property investment fund. She has two sons and a sister and brother.title