Charlotte Goodwill will focus her efforts on diversifying the digital workforce and being a voice for the industry in her new role as CEO of The Institute of Telecoms Professionals (ITP).
Her appointment follows the passing of ITP CEO Crissi Williams in March this year.
Goodwill joined the ITP in 2017 and previously held the role of Head of Apprenticeships. During her tenure the apprenticeship scheme grew by over 75 per cent.
She also worked alongside Crissi to implement the ITP’s Female First. Now, 36 per cent of engineers in ITP partner companies are women compared to 18 per cent industry-wide.
Furthermore, Goodwill worked with Crissi to launch ITP’s new initiative, #challengeperceptions, encouraging employers to hire based on personality and train the skills.
“I am pleased to be able to continue Crissi’s good work and realise her vision for The ITP to be a voice for the industry and an advocate for apprenticeships and career development," said Goodwill.
"It’s thanks to the support and guidance gained from working closely with her over the past five years that I am taking up this new challenge.
"I am looking forward to pushing the agenda of increasing diversity in our industry, supporting our members and challenging perceptions around careers in IT and telecoms.”
Kevin Paige, ITP Chairman, added: “Charlotte has been a key member of the ITP team for the last five years and instrumental in developing the ITP’s apprenticeship scheme. She holds the same passion and drive as all of us at the ITP to do all we can to help address the UK technical skills gap by ensuring everyone, from whatever background, has an opportunity to perform a role in our fantastic industry.”