Our Team

Meet our team of values-driven, creative, and skilled people who are redesigning government for the 21st century

Base Team

Matt Sawkill

Matt Sawkill

Managing Director

Matt has 20 years of experience in design-led digital agencies as a full-stack developer, technology consultant and team leader.

Matt is obsessed with the craft and delivery of easy to use, accessible and performant digital services and products at scale. Open source software, web standards and human-centred design are the foundations of this approach.

In his spare time, you’ll find him geeking out on food, music and movies.

Grace O'Hara

Grace O'Hara

Head of Community + Impact

Grace is a connector of dots and people, and a fiend for things that make the world a little bit better. She likes blending tech and storytelling and taking little steps towards good things.

After growing up in farms, art school and start-up land, Grace spent a year travelling the world, seeing the power of technology in all shapes, sizes, and efficiencies.

Now, she loves telling meaningful stories and connecting people in authentic ways at Code for Australia and Code for All. In her spare time you might find her attempting to make edible things or writing children’s books.

Soreti Kadir

Soreti Kadir

Head of Delivery

Soreti Kadir is a Muslim, Oromo storyteller, creative and organiser. The Oromo are the Indigenous people of Ethiopia. As a creative, she writes diversely and performs poetry, but is always expanding her work. That expansion is currently leaning towards theatre and film.

She is a captivating storyteller both on the stage and on the page. She has performed, lead workshops and spoken amongst a diversity of gatherings across Australia and abroad.

She is keenly interested in using her skills and experiences working with diverse people, across diverse sectors, to empower processes of honest dialogue. This is what led her to the Code for Australia crew!

Founding Team

Alvaro Maz

Alvaro Maz

Daniel Groch

Daniel Groch

Jacob Lindsay

Jacob Lindsay

Board of Advisors

Kate Bennett Eriksson

Kate Bennett Eriksson

Head of Innovation, PwC Australia

Jithma Beneragama

Jithma Beneragama

Director - Digital Engagement, Dept. of Premier and Cabinet Victoria

Samantha Wijesinha

Samantha Wijesinha

Ex-Fellow and Full Stack Developer

Alvaro Maz

Alvaro Maz

Daniel Groch

Daniel Groch

Jacob Lindsay

Jacob Lindsay

Current Fellows

Yalda Khoshvaghti

Yalda Khoshvaghti

Government Partner: Cenitex

Yalda is an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Engineer, focused on developing predictive models and systems that automatically improve. She has a background in software development, growth hacking and data-driven marketing.

Dipping her toes into the waters of data science, Yalda has always been excited to learn new and better ways of doing things. From extracting important trends and understanding “what the data says”, to figuring out how to teach computers to recognise patterns in the same way that our brains do, she loves the thrill of solving problems and overcoming challenges.

Julian Nunez

Julian Nunez

Government Partner: Cenitex

Julian is a Systems and Computing Engineer with more than 8 years of experience in Software Development. He has participated in different IT projects mostly in the Financial sector in Colombia.

He considers himself as a quick learner and finds in the software programming a way to create new digital solutions that help people in different fields, as he is doing it now from the public sector.

He loves travelling, taking amateur photos and listening music.

Stacey Murphy

Stacey Murphy

Government Partner: Cenitex

Stacey “Murph” Murphy is a service and UX designer, helping purpose driven organisations better understand their users and co-create services that are beautiful and impactful. Murph is driven by the power of collaboration to solve social issues holistically and is happiest when she’s surrounded by passionate people.

In her spare time, you can find her finishing her Masters in Design Anthropology or, as with most extroverts, you’ll find Stacey hanging out with people. Wether that’s through her faith community, brunching, sharing a good bottle of wine, watching movies or her favourite pastime – talking. When she’s not with people you’ll probably find her reading or trying to write a short bio.

Kynan Hughes

Kynan Hughes

Government Partner: Service NSW

Michelle Cabanela

Michelle Cabanela

Government Partner: Service NSW

Michelle is a human-centred designer and strategist fuelled by her curiosity in human behaviour. Bringing a background in cross channel brand strategy, she uses systems thinking to help empower individuals and support organisations gain a holistic view of their vision by understanding where human insights and experience opportunities align.

Michelle also loves 35mm film photography, hiking, foodie adventures and getting lost in foreign cities.

Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian Rodriguez

Government Partner: Service NSW

Adrian is a systems engineer from the Industrial University of Santander (Colombia). For the past eight years, he has worked as a software developer and participated in building digital solutions for the transportation and education sectors.

He sees coding as an exciting tool to create not only a product, but a pleasing experience and a way to unleash creativity.
He also is a cycling enthusiast, photographer for fun and is always ready for a cup a coffee.

Kate McKay

Kate McKay

Government Partner: Digital NSW

Damian Dzieduch

Damian Dzieduch

Government Partner: Digital NSW

Damian is a full stack developer, day-to-day idealist and enthusiast of products with the Apple sign on it.

He started his adventure with NGO’s in 2010 and has since helped numerous startups and cooperatives grow up in the digital world.

After work, Damian is a husband and father and a fan of fast and broken music.

Fellowship Alumni

Facilitators

Lina Patel

Lina Patel

Go-To Facilitator

Lina is a facilitator, collaboration designer and former Chief of Getting Things done at Code for Australia, where she made all our programs (Fellowship, Academy, Tech for Non-Tech) hum beautifully.

She spends most of her time with people and teams who know where they are headed; who aren’t sure how to get there; and are open to iteration.

People frikkin love her workshops and meetings.

Ben Ralph

Ben Ralph

Tech for Non Tech Lead

With over a decade of experience founding tech companies and teaching web development, Ben is happiest when he’s helping people understand all things human-centred, agile, tech and leadership.

Ben’s approach is to identify significant and real user problems and work collaboratively to find MVP solutions that can be tested in the market – starting with the assumption that the best user experience is one that balances user needs, business goals and technology opportunities.

Sara Rickards

Sara Rickards

Sandpit Lead

Sara AKA The Sustainability Ninja and F**kgiver, is trained as both a Biomedical Scientist & Environmental Engineer. She is an ignitor of big ideas such as Re:Purpose for Good.

Sara is a passionate connector, putting purpose and positive impact at the core of everything she does. She is on a mission to unlock human potential and specialises in creating connected and conscious communities.

In a previous life she was the Education For Sustainability Manager at Macquarie University, Co-host for the Un-school of Disruptive Design and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Alec Sloman

Alec Sloman

Tech for Non Tech Lead

Alec Sloman is an educator, facilitator, and software developer with over 15 years of experience in IT.

In the not too distant past, he worked as a Lead Instructor at General Assembly and as a Technical Recruiter at Lookahead Search where he gave career advice to hundreds of candidates and worked with many of the most prominent tech companies in Melbourne. He now spends most of his days running a code school in the heart of North Melbourne.

Alec is passionate about driving reform and improving lives with technology. Oh, and he loves hip hop.

Cam Elliott

Cam Elliott

Sandpit Lead

Cameron has a passion for supporting authentic leadership, innovation, collaboration, strategic thinking and wellbeing in organisations through effective facilitation, training and coaching.

As a facilitator of the Sandpit Program, Cameron supports innovators from the public and private sector to collaborate on solving some of the toughest issues the public sector faces.

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