Ann Moffatt - Round 2, 2017 Champion

Inspiring others in the adoption of ICT, since 1959

Ann Moffatt forged an exciting career as a woman ahead of her time and a leader in her field. An early adopter of ICT, she has professional experience as a programmer, analyst, designer, project manager and company manager, as well as serving on several company boards. Now as a retiree, she is inspiring her local community to understand the benefits of ICT to regional communities.

Ann started work in the information technology industry in 1959 as a programmer for Kodak. In the 1960s while working with the FI Group in the UK she pioneered the concept of teleworking; by the time she left the company she was in charge of 400 professional staff – all working from home.

Ann moved to Australia in 1974, where she worked as an IT executive at AMP Society from 1975 until 1987. She was the only female executive until 1986.

From 1987 until 1988 Ann was National Development Manager for ASX. She had a key role in integrating the state-based stock exchange applications into one integrated system to serve the new national ASX. She was one of a team of three people who developed the National Strategic Plan for ICT to take the ASX into the 21st Century.

In 1989, Ann was appointed Director of the Institute of Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Ann founded Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) in 1990 as a self-help/support group for females in ICT. It now has over 5,000 members.

In 1993, together with staff from UNSW, Ann created Technology Solutions – a virtual office delivering IT services to businesses. The company grew to 100 staff with an annual revenue of $4 million.

In 2001, Ann retired to Hervey Bay where she continues to lead her community. Her past initiatives have included:

  • a series of tech talks in Hervey Bay, bringing top technology speakers from all over Australia to share their knowledge
  • establishing and managing the FACTOREE – operating from 2003-09 - the Fraser Area Communications & Technology Open Resource Education Enterprise in partnership with USQ, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and the Department of State Development
  • establishing the Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School (SCXCS) in 2015, to teach programming to students in regional and rural Australia.

Ann was the first woman inducted into the Australian ICT Hall of Fame in 2002. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by USQ in 2006 and inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2015, Microsoft listed her as one of 10 Australian innovators for her pioneering work and advocacy for teleworking.

Ann was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, her focus will remain on her work with the community:

  • advising on ICT issues
  • delivering ‘tech talks’
  • teaching about PC security issues through U3A and neighbourhood watch
  • teaching young people in her region to code
  • mentoring students and local business people on opportunities in ICT.

Ann is nominated by: Hervey Bay Computer Club

Inspiring others in the adoption of ICT, since 1959

Ann Moffatt forged an exciting career as a woman ahead of her time and a leader in her field. An early adopter of ICT, she has professional experience as a programmer, analyst, designer, project manager and company manager, as well as serving on several company boards. Now as a retiree, she is inspiring her local community to understand the benefits of ICT to regional communities.

Ann started work in the information technology industry in 1959 as a programmer for Kodak. In the 1960s while working with the FI Group in the UK she pioneered the concept of teleworking; by the time she left the company she was in charge of 400 professional staff – all working from home.

Ann moved to Australia in 1974, where she worked as an IT executive at AMP Society from 1975 until 1987. She was the only female executive until 1986.

From 1987 until 1988 Ann was National Development Manager for ASX. She had a key role in integrating the state-based stock exchange applications into one integrated system to serve the new national ASX. She was one of a team of three people who developed the National Strategic Plan for ICT to take the ASX into the 21st Century.

In 1989, Ann was appointed Director of the Institute of Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Ann founded Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) in 1990 as a self-help/support group for females in ICT. It now has over 5,000 members.

In 1993, together with staff from UNSW, Ann created Technology Solutions – a virtual office delivering IT services to businesses. The company grew to 100 staff with an annual revenue of $4 million.

In 2001, Ann retired to Hervey Bay where she continues to lead her community. Her past initiatives have included:

  • a series of tech talks in Hervey Bay, bringing top technology speakers from all over Australia to share their knowledge
  • establishing and managing the FACTOREE – operating from 2003-09 - the Fraser Area Communications & Technology Open Resource Education Enterprise in partnership with USQ, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and the Department of State Development
  • establishing the Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School (SCXCS) in 2015, to teach programming to students in regional and rural Australia.

Ann was the first woman inducted into the Australian ICT Hall of Fame in 2002. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by USQ in 2006 and inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2015, Microsoft listed her as one of 10 Australian innovators for her pioneering work and advocacy for teleworking.

Ann was first recognised as a Community Digital Champion in 2016. As a continuing Champion, her focus will remain on her work with the community:

  • advising on ICT issues
  • delivering ‘tech talks’
  • teaching about PC security issues through U3A and neighbourhood watch
  • teaching young people in her region to code
  • mentoring students and local business people on opportunities in ICT.

Ann is nominated by: Hervey Bay Computer Club