High calibre hires
Alternative network operator ITS, has announced two new appointments as it realigns to strengthen its senior management team and delivery capabilities to fulfil a growing pipeline of full fibre projects across the UK.
Mike Goodwin has joined ITS from CityFibre’s FibreNation to take on a newly created position as Head of Network Architecture and Operations. Reporting to CEO Daren Baythorpe, Mike will take responsibility for designing and assuring ITS’ network infrastructure.
In the midst of lockdown, ITS recruited telecoms heavyweight Darren Shenkin as Director of Strategy & Innovation. Also reporting to Baythorpe, Darren is responsible for developing the network strategy of the business. He comes with a CV that includes senior posts at Hyperoptic, Community Fibre, Plusnet and BT.
As part of its recruitment drive, ITS has also increased its partner development and technical teams including fibre designers and planners.
“It is a very exciting time for ITS as we continue to deliver full fibre infrastructure where it is needed working closely with our partner community. Having the right people driving this is vital.
“I am thrilled that Mike and Darren have joined us, and their respective experience will add immense value to ITS when time is of the essence in this race to a gigabit capable UK to fulfil the government’s 2025 ambitions.”Daren Baythorpe, CEO of ITS
ITS secured funding from Aviva Investors at the start of the year and has continued to roll out full fibre infrastructure during the pandemic. It has recently completed a 21km full fibre network serving businesses in Greenwich, London and has continued to extend its Faster Britain network footprint across Blackpool, Bristol, Nottingham, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Tameside, Manchester.