AIM Leadership Excellence Awards

Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year Simon Anquetil: ‘We need more women in tech’

IT industry leader Simon Anquetil wins Owner/Entrepreneur of the Year for his work championing diversity in technology.

Chairman of the Tech Pilot Fund, Simon Anquetil is an entrepreneur and information technology leader. He has been setting up and developing businesses in the IT sector since he was 14. Today, his Tech Pilot Fund incubator is nurturing the next wave of dynamic technology start-ups. He has past and continuing roles as a chief executive, and as an adviser to businesses in banking, pharmaceuticals and a vast range of IT companies.

Judges

James Baker FAIM, head of government relations, Boeing

Jeff Popova-Clark FAIM, associate director, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Clare Mitchell, Asia Pacific marketing director, Team Management System

Alex Cox-Taylor, CEO, Urban Climb

The judges say…

“In Simon we see a passionate and driven leader who puts culture first. His focus on diversity, particularly women in technology, is pioneering. He is a leader motivated to lift the Australian tech market through his mentoring and support of start-up businesses. He generously invests time supporting causes such as youth mental health. His presentation was eloquent, considered and conveyed a quiet charisma.”

Simon Anquetil Simon Anquetil

“We need more women in tech because the under-representation is so glaringly obvious. It’s surprising that it exists in 2016 – and the industry suffers for it. 

“Research shows that women bring many things to the table – non-linear thinking that assists in growth; natural empathy; the ability to form powerful cliques – these are just some of the noted key elements in business that women are great at! We need to get real about diversity in IT in general. No single person has the vision to understand all of the world’s races, cultures, creeds and sexuality. 

“The most difficult, and most rewarding, part of leadership is dealing with so many personalities. Everyone is going through something, and often what goes on in someone’s private life spills over into their work life. That’s inevitable and completely understandable. The way to overcome challenges with personalities and other human beings is to practise empathy. Understand what drives and motivates people, and employ mentorship to help them get to their goals. Without understanding what drives them, you will never be able to be an inspiration to them. And, if you’re lucky, you might even get a chance to make a real difference in their lives.”

“We need to get real about diversity in IT in general. No single person has the vision to understand all of the world’s races, cultures, creeds and sexuality.”

Owner/entrepreneur Finalists

Charles Badenach FAIM (TAS), principal and private client adviser, Main Street Financial Solutions • Rod Hattch AFAIM (ACT), managing director, Wisdom Learning • Dr John McIntosh FAIM (QLD), owner, MacKay GP Superclinic • Nidal Rasheed AFAIM (SA), founder & managing director, Silvertail Property Group • David Robinson AIMM (NT), director, BevCo Hospitality Group • Catherine Stock-Haanstra FAIM (VIC), director, PIER Marketing • Dr Marcus Tan FAIM (WA), CEO & medical director, HealthEngine

Thumbs up/down

Thumbs up: One company pays working mothers an extra $10,000 a year

One company pays working mothers an extra $10k a year

A Queensland medical research institute shows how to support working mothers, while two Australian businesses are caught out exploiting migrant workers.
A Queensland medical research institute shows how to support working mothers, while two Australian businesses are caught out exploiting migrant workers.

Focus

The HP Way: When a progressive corporate culture is part of the strategy

Culture vs Strategy: The HP Way

It may be fashionable to put culture above strategy in the leadership pecking order, but in the real world one supports the other.
It may be fashionable to put culture above strategy in the leadership pecking order, but in the real world one supports the other.

Legal

How to resolve a workplace bullying claim

How to resolve a workplace bullying claim

Employers may suffer palpitations at the thought of claims of bullying in the workplace, but the Fair Work Commission takes a pragmatic approach to resolving claims.
Employers may suffer palpitations at the thought of claims of bullying in the workplace, but the Fair Work Commission takes a pragmatic approach to resolving claims.

Diversity

Why is inclusive leadership the next big thing?

Inclusive leadership: the next big thing

Diversity must be inclusive if it has a chance of delivering benefits to businesses.
Diversity must be inclusive if it has a chance of delivering benefits to businesses.

Leaders

4 of the biggest CEO scandals of 2016

4 of the biggest CEO scandals of 2016

We look at four CEOs who were rocked by scandals in 2016: Deborah Thomas, John Stumpf, Elmer Funke Kupper and Darren Huston.
We look at four CEOs who were rocked by scandals in 2016: Deborah Thomas, John Stumpf, Elmer Funke Kupper and Darren Huston.

Gender

Do we need quotas to improve gender equality in the workplace?

Do we need gender quotas in Australia?

The number of women in leadership positions in Australia remains low. Overseas, targets have helped improve gender equality in the workplace. Would they work here?
The number of women in leadership positions in Australia remains low. Overseas, targets have helped improve gender equality in the workplace. Would they work here?

Trends

Take a closer look at the top 4 workplace trends of 2017

The top 4 workplace trends of 2017

Say hello to the workplace of 2017: performance reviews and permanent jobs are out, and the gig economy and family violence leave are in.
Say hello to the workplace of 2017: performance reviews and permanent jobs are out, and the gig economy and family violence leave are in.

Jane Caro

Gender diversity means nothing without inclusion

Jane Caro: Diversity needs inclusion

Having a quota for women and minorities isn’t inclusion if you treat them as outsiders.
Having a quota for women and minorities isn’t inclusion if you treat them as outsiders.