Simon Hackett has worked on the development of the internet since its early days in Australia. He was a part of the national university team that created the Australian Academic and Research Network - the first emergence of the internet in the country. In 1991 Mr Hackett founded Internode and grew it to become the largest privately held Australian broadband company. During his time at Internode, he was the recipient of numerous industry awards. He agreed to sell Internode to iiNet in December 2011, and continued as Internode managing director until his transition to the iiNet board in August 2012. Mr Hackett is a fellow of the Australian Computer Society and has held board positions with the Adelaide Fringe, m.Net Corporation and the Australian Network for Art and Technology. He was a founding director of the Internet Society of Australia and the founding president of the South Australian Internet Association.