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Anne Simmons is currently a global leader in Capability Strategy at ThoughtWorks. Since 2016 she has been working with country leadership teams to ensure a strategic approach to both individual and organisational capability planning and development. Initially, she was responsible for new market growth, helping ThoughtWorks successfully enter and service new markets and offerings and was focused on AI, Machine Learning and Advanced Data Analytics. Now, she is leading a team to define and roll out a capability and competency framework across ThoughtWorks, introducing a common language across demand and supply, so that the organization can become more intentional and aligned on how to build a workforce that is the right shape for the future work that ThoughtWorks wants to do.
Since joining ThoughtWorks over ten years ago as a developer and recent Computer Science graduate, Anne has played a number of roles working directly with clients, coaching delivery teams and supporting the CTO Rebecca Parsons. During this time she managed the creation and release of the popular ThoughtWorks Technology Radar. Her latest role combines her love of the use of technology to solve problems and her passion for developing people.
Anne is an active coach and mentor for many colleagues, supporting their leadership development. She co-sponsors and facilitates the companies global Technical Specialist leadership development programme.
Anne has become a regular speaker on the topic of the importance of diversity in technology. Most notably she spoke at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in 2011.
In 2018 Anne won the 10 Digital Ladies “Technologist” award, which celebrates someone who has led the implementation of technology to bring significant impact to an organisation or industry, The judges said, “We loved Anne’s continual passion and pursuit of digital perfection alongside supporting women in digital.”
Prior to software development, Anne was a ski instructor in Canada and New Zealand which continues to be a passion and has set her up with many of the skills that she relies on today.
Over the last year, Anne has become a dedicated volunteer and campaigner for Disability Snowsports UK, providing on-snow support and raising awareness of inclusiveness in snowsports.
This blog covers all sorts of things that Anne is interested in for both work and play.