UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2013 - Fiona Rankin
The 2013 Alumni Awards, hosted by UTS student Brooke Boney, acknowledged a list of people for their outstanding achievements in their field, including Master of Business and Technology graduate (formerly, Master of Business in Information Technology Management) graduate, Fiona Rankin.
Recipient of the UTS Alumni Award for Excellence 2013 from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Rankin’s early beginning started on a sheep station in outback New South Wales near a town called Goodoooga. Since then, she has gone on to build an exciting and diverse career, boosting her academic credentials along the way.
Along with her Masters, which she completed back in 2000, Rankin’s resume merits some 20 years of technology and executive management in the financial services, including Chief Information Officer at RESIMAC Limited, Principal Consultant at Curious Developments, and her current position as Chief Information Officer at New South Wales Treasury Corporation (TCorp) – the central borrowing authority for the state of New South Wales. Since July 2010, her role at TCorp puts her at the crossroads of technology, business and people.
“My role as the CIO is to harness technology to deliver business outcomes. Essentially, I manage, optimise and drive technology strategy to administer and provide information on a balance sheet of more than $73bn, a $45bn debt management portfolio, and $8bn in funds management operations,” Rankin explains.
Passionate about the outcomes resulting from a strategic alignment between business and technology, Rankin says, “The financial services industry is heavily dependent on technology and this is what attracted me to this industry. I understand the strength and competitive advantage created through the cooperation between business and technology. My career goals were to broaden my strategic, technology, and people management skills, such that these skills could be applied within different organisations and businesses.”
“Completing the MBITM significantly improved my professional expertise and marketability, and it provided me with the appropriate tools and knowledge to achieve my career goals with confidence. I am now a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and have learnt that it’s the combination of the human element, experience and qualifications that drives a successful person to build successful outcomes”, Rankin says about her experiences studying at UTS.
Also as a member of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology’s Industry Advisory Network (IAN), Rankin remains connected to UTS and as in business, Rankin’s contributions to UTS and IAN are in the area of innovation, enabling research and development, and mentoring students. “I always feel humbled when I meet the UTS students. Seeing the intellectual capital, energy and innovation they invest in their projects and work (which is so important to society and business) is inspiring and rewarding,” she says.
In 2008, Rankin was also a Telstra Business Women’s Award NSW Finalist.