Godwin is currently director, BBC Children’s, since 2009, with overall responsibility for its kids channels and programming. He starts in his BBC Academy position at the start of 2015.
He will relocate from Salford’s Media City to Birmingham for his new role and will report to Peter Salmon, director, England, at the BBC.
“The chance to combine several of my passions – encouraging new talent, helping the BBC skill up a diverse workforce, and the chance to lead the world class BBC Academy in its new home at the heart of the UK – all this was too exciting an opportunity to miss,” Godwin said.
The BBC said it will advertise for a new kids boss in the next few weeks.