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.”

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“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

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