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Welcome Niamh Toohey, Incoming INCITE Awards Chair

The WAITTA Board and INCITE Awards Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of Niamh Toohey as the new and incoming Chair for the Awards.

Niamh was appointed to the WAITTA Board in September 2020 and, will continue to receive support from Sue Findlay, outgoing Chair.

Niamh is a Digital Business Consultant  with a focus on supporting clients with digital transformation programs. She specialises in guiding executive digital decisions with clarity and awareness of consequences of choices by focusing on people and culture aspects of transformation, coaching teams on their journey.

Niamh moved to Australia in 1999 and in the same year underwent a career shift from polymer engineering to IT, with the help of Murdoch University’s Graduate Diploma IT program. Since then, Niamh’s IT career has traversed the public and private sector, more recently focussing on social impact – advocating for diversity & inclusion with WiTWA, and volunteering in IT upskilling.   

Niamh moved to WA around 20 years ago, as a co-owner of an Indian restaurant and backpackers hotel. These experiences laid the foundations for an appreciation of small business, digital marketing and showcasing our great State. 

Niamh is currently an independent consultant with prior roles as Director of Digital Advisory with PwC,  A/Executive Director GovNext, and IT program and service delivery roles in Health, TAFE and Tourism. 

Niamh’s vision for INCITE Awards is to continue with the great work achieved by Sue Findlay through connecting the collective strengths of WA’s public, private and social sectors, to accelerate the states economic recovery and build a diverse technology capability, ready for future growth.

The WAITTA Board and INCITE Awards Committee warmly welcome Niamh to the team. They also wish to say a big and heartfelt thank you to Sue Findlay for her 6 years of dedication for leading the INCITE Awards.

A few words from Niamh

“The INCITE awards have been a fabulous contribution to the WA tech ecosystem, showcasing the breadth of tech innovation talent in this great State. I feel privileged to take up the mantle from Sue Findlay, who has made an extraordinary contribution to WA’s tech sector since 2003 when her journey with WAITIA began.

Since then, Sue has volunteered thousands of hours of support to award nominees, many of whom went on to enjoy national & international success. One winner said that being an Award winner ‘adding a zero to our revenue!”- how’s that for impact!   

While business can measure success of awards on their bottom line, teams can attest to the value in terms of self-worth and team pride- value beyond profit.

My own introduction to the INCITE Awards was as a team entrant – this experience sparked my passion for innovation and showcasing our tech talent. I can still vividly remember the sense of pride and accomplishment we experienced during the Award’s preparation and pitch. I’d love for every team to enjoy that experience and want to encourage you to nominate for an award in our 30th year.