Ann Moffatt, founder of FitT and author of ‘The IT Girl: 50 years as a woman working in the Information Technology industry’

Ann Moffatt started work in the Information Technology Industry in 1959. She has professional experience at all levels including programmer, analyst, designer, project manager, company manager and she has served on several company Boards.

Ann’s career experience includes establishing and managing her own ICT services company, Technology Solutions, serving as the Director of the Institute of Information Technology and National Development Manager for the Australian Stock Exchange, and being the only female executive at AMP Society between 1975 and 1986.

She is a Fellow of both the Australian Computer Society and the British Computer Society. She was a Board Member of the NSW TAFE Commission from 1998 to 2000 and a Board member of the IT&T ITAB from 1999 to 2000. She was also a member of the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE Council & the Hervey Bay TAFE College Council from 2001 to 2005. From 1998-2010, she was a Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation, which advances IT through Education and Research.

In 2002, Ann was inducted into the Australian ICT Hall of Fame as the first female inductee. In 2005 USQ awarded Ann an Honorary Doctorate, which was conferred in May 2006. In 2011, Ann was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame, which is the highest Australian professional award for a lifetime achievement in the ICT industries.

In May 2014 Microsoft listed Ann as one of 10 Australian Innovator and in 2015, Ann established the Silicon Coast Extracurricular Code School (SCXCS) to teach students in Regional and Rural Australia how to program. In March 2016 Ann was named as one of Advance Queensland’s Community Digital Champions.

In 2001, Ann ‘retired’ to Hervey Bay. She is very active in the local community, using her skills in the ICT industries to raise awareness of the benefits that ICT can bring to regional communities

With USQ, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE and the Department of State Development, Ann established an incubation & innovation centre in Hervey Bay, The FACTOREE, Fraser Area Communications & Technology Open Resource Education Enterprise, was opened in March 2003 and was operational until 2009. Ann continues to work with her community advising on ICT issues, teaching community how to avoid and manage PC security issues through U3A and neighbourhood watch, mentoring students and local business people on opportunities in ICT.