The telecoms group has placed diversity and inclusion among its key goals to become a more sustainable business and has appointed Alison Rogers, who is the Government of Jersey’s group director of strategic finance, as its first board apprentice.
The I WILL initiative was introduced to address inequality and increase the number of women in senior leadership positions following a review of the gender pay gap.
Ms Rogers, who has had a career in the public and private sectors spanning over 25 years, will spend a year under the mentorship of JT’s board.
Graeme Millar, chief executive of JT Group, said: ‘At JT, we put people at the heart of what we do, and we believe in a digital future for all, helping to bridge any skill gaps in our society and achieve a better future for the communities we serve.
‘That’s why it’s so exciting that JT is hosting Alison as a board apprentice. She will witness first-hand what it’s like to work on large-scale digital transformation initiatives and what the process is to govern them.
‘Everyone deserves the chance to rise to the top of organisations and the I WILL programme champions those aspirations, creating a pool of board-ready people capable of taking top positions in Jersey’s private, public and third sectors.’
Ms Rogers said: ‘I have worked predominantly in finance, within both the private and public sectors, and I am relishing the opportunity to experience first-hand how the JT board operates.
‘Throughout my career I have worked very closely with operational areas and always gained a good understanding of the business needs.
‘I value the collaborative approach to working and I’m really looking forward to sitting in with my hosts on the JT board and drawing on their extensive business experience at the very top of their industry.’
She added: ‘It is refreshing to know that there are companies such as JT operating in the Channel Islands who put diversity and equality at the heart of what they do.’