John Goodman

Childhood &
John Victor Goodman

John was born in Harrow, in north-west London, in October 1942.  He spent his early childhood in Ruislip and was educated at Harrow County Grammar School for Boys, where he attained GSCE State Scholarship level in mathematics and physics.

He joined the General Post Office Telephone Department (forerunner of British Telecom - BT plc) in 1961 as a Student Apprentice and went on to study electrical engineering at London University's Imperial College, gaining a BSc Degree in engineering - BSc (Eng) - in 1966.

Whilst at Imperial College and for some years after, John lived in a succession of flats in the Hampstead area, interrupting his studies and work with a series of camping holidays in Europe.  He married in 1971 and moved to Woking.


Following graduation, John Goodman worked within the telecommunications industry for his entire professional career.  In 1976, after 10 years within the British Post Office Engineering Department working on electronic exchange systems design, he joined British Telecom International.  Here, he worked initially on strategic network design for the international telephone, telex and switched data services, before joining the BTI departmental management board in 1982.

He then occupied a series of management positions, becoming BTI's Director Networks in 1987.  In this post, he held responsibility for directing engineering operations and planning for international services, including global telephone, telex, data, satellite and cable networks.  His department comprised some 6,000 people, including 1,200 management and professional staff, plus engineering technicians and international operators.

Following BT reorganisation in 1990, John joined the Products & Services Department and managed a series of special programmes including FeatureNet product implementation, the National Code Change, ISDN programmes and operator services modernisation.

Leaving BT in 1994, John became a freelance telecommunications consultant.  He subsequently completed a range of projects, working directly with clients and through established consultancy companies.  Projects have covered advice on global voice and data service deployment, implementation for Concert Communications of UK network interconnection, resolution of regulatory and ownership issues on merged foreign networks, advising on technical and commercial arrangements for network interconnection for new UK and European operators and assistance in establishing a city-carrier network in Germany.


Leaving the telecommunications industry in 2003, John became involved in a number of activities in the local community.  He is the Administrator for the Farnham Christian Community Trust (FCCT), based in Farnham and supporting teams of volunteers from the many churches in the town as they work with young people and the elderly.  He is project manager for the 40-Degreez Centre for Youth, extensively redeveloped in 2005 to provide both leisure and support services for young people in Farnham.

In addition, he assisted a group of flat owners in Grayshott, near Hindhead, to acquire their estate's freehold.  John currently advises the Gables Mangement Company (Grayshott) Ltd, which controls the estate on behalf of the flat owners.

From 1994 until 2007, he was secretary to the Solitaire Social Club, a voluntary group established to help mature, unattached people in the area to form new friendships and enjoy a wide range of leisure activities.

John is married and lives in Frensham, just south of Farnham in the county of Surrey.  He has a daughter Camilla and son Roland from his first marriage, both married and living in Surrey.  Roland and his wife have a daughter, Elizabeth.  His wife, Rosemary, has a daughter Nicola from her first marriage, married and living in Devon.  John and Rosemary share their home with cats Binks and Zoe.

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