Gill Cooke

Gill’s core role as Head of Digital Planning and Delivery at Three, is just one of her many hats.

She also leads Three’s Women in Tech programme, which she developed to include a business volunteer initiative and role-model lunch and learns. She was also fundamental in launching Three’s BAME and Allies network. Gill extended her passion for D&I, with the creation of STEMConnext in 2018, when she was looking for a networking group in her local area. When she couldn’t find one which suited her values and without travelling into London, she decided to create her own. The first event: Building a Community was attended by 80 people and over the last 2 years, Gill has organised over 10 evening networking events, 3 workshops, a Career Cafe programme (helping women back into work) and a number of remote events including a monthly bookclub.

All of this she does as well as holding down a full-time job, managing a family and sitting on a number of advisory boards for local social enterprises. Gill is happiest when she is helping somebody. Her mission statement was to connect people in STEM: remove barriers, change thinking and demonstrate how diversity and inclusion benefits everyone.

Gill is a member of the Leadership team in the Digital Development team at Three (but not a Senior Leader) and within that role she mentors 3 people internally, two of which are women. She helps coach and role-model inclusive behaviours and lead a positive cultural change for the good. She has also recently applied to sit on the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee at Three. She also regularly volunteers in schools and communities to champion STEM careers.

Gill has had a 10 year career in Technology after pivoting from Television Production. It was when she moved into Telecomms that she recognised the lack of women and minorities in leadership roles and decided to do something about it and got involved with the Women in Tech network. With two daughters, Gill’s purpose is to drive justice and equal opportunities for all whatever the skin they are in.