Anne Simmons

Anne Simmons is currently a Global Head of Capability at ThoughtWorks, where she is responsible for new market growth, helping ThoughtWorks successfully enter and service new markets and offerings.

In this role, Anne works with country leadership teams around the world to ensure a strategic approach to both individual and organizational capability planning and development.

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 one of her main passions, and 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.