Our Team

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

Base Team

Base Team are the folks that dream up, launch, run and measure all of the Code for Australia programs. They exist to open up opportunities for collaboration and bring people together.

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.

Esther Semo

Esther Semo

Head of Community + Communications

Esther is obsessed with humans so you’ll often find her chatting to strangers about their shoe size or what makes them cry.  She has previously worked at Gender Equity Victoria running projects aimed at stopping violence against women online. 

She’s also done stints at various not-for-profits, unions, and in the music industry all while running her own business, Broad Services, which promotes feminist events and services.

At Code for Australia, Esther is psyched to combine her love of helping people with tech. She’s also excited to share as many dog GIFs as possible with our awesome community.

Cassitie Galliott

Cassitie Galliott

Head of Delivery

Cass has spent years leading programs and teams for small nonprofits, primarily in the refugee and migrant sector. Getting to know diverse communities, ranging from Melbourne’s Western suburbs through to tiny French Pacific islands has been one of her greatest joys.

Through her work, she noticed a lack of digital innovation was preventing services from providing better assistance to her clients. Working for Code for Australia, she’s excited to be part of an organisation helping to break down the barriers of tech for those outside the industry.

In her free time, Cass can usually be found geeking out over a board games, treating herself to a sneaky chocolate bar, or covered in paint as part of her side hustle as a mural artist.

Inder Singh

Inder Singh

Product Manager

Inder has over 20 years of experience in technology with IBM and Gartner, having held executive and general management positions in US, Canada and APAC.

He has led a number of workplace diversity initiatives to improve the talent pipeline of women, culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBT, indigenous, and people with disabilities constituents.

He completed Full-Stack Developer program in 2018 with General Assembly, holds a degree in Mathematics from Canada, and Strategy and Leadership from Harvard.

Not so long ago, he bungee jumped in Cairns while backpacking through Australia.

Tim Castle

Tim Castle

Product Manager

Tim is “on the ground” in Sydney, helping to drive positive outcomes for our partners and products. He cares for how organisations engage, and thrives on models that are more open and collaborative.

He’s spent the majority of his career engaging with organisations that are purpose driven, conscious of their impact on the world; and focused on alternative value models, not just economic value.

Tim has a wealth of knowledge that he’s always will to share across social impact, social enterprise, human centred design and product innovation. An adventurer at heart (he once bought a horse in Mongolia and rode it to Russia!) so chances are he’ll arrive to the meeting on a bicycle after a morning swim.

Founding Team

Our Founding Team continue to coach and advise Base Team and the wider community. Our Founders also serve as our Board of Directors.

Alvaro Maz

Alvaro Maz

Daniel Groch

Daniel Groch

Jacob Lindsay

Jacob Lindsay

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors exist to support and advise Base Team, and include experts from industry and government, our founders and a rotating position for one of our Fellows.

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

Our current Fellows are the amazing people who are working with us for six months, alongside a government partner, to create change through our Fellowship program.

Aainaa Rahman

Aainaa Rahman

Government Partner: Hobsons Bay City Council

Aainaa is a UX and Service Designer working with organisations to create solutions that are sustainable and purposeful, by understanding the people and the context of where it sits. 

She likes problem solving through research and finding ways to make things more efficient. She combines her background in behavioural science, communities and startups to help her design with purpose, based on user and business needs. Driven by opportunities to make a difference, Aainaa thrives in purpose driven environments with passionate people and organisations creating positive change. 

In her spare time she loves exploring through food, places, and people, learning more about herself and the world as she wanders along. 

Krishna Ali

Krishna Ali

Government Partner: Hobsons Bay City Council

Krishna is a tech enthusiast that experiments with a lot of technologies in his spare time. He’s passionate about cross platform technologies and invests time in finding ways to create applications and systems on mobile, web and desktop and cloud services. He’s keen on dealing with problems that mainly affect communities at large and working on solutions that he believes make real positive impact in society.

Krishna has a high affinity for JavaScript based solutions with frameworks like React and Nodejs. Despite his love for JavaScript, he also gets excited working with other tools and languages including SQL/NoSQL persistence solutions and various application architectures.

Associates

Our Associates are those who have graduated from our Fellowship program and are continuing to work with their government partner through Code for Australia.

Julian Nuñez

Julian Nuñez

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.

Fellowship Alumni

The brilliant people who have been a part of our Fellowship program and helped to create change in government across Australia, from the inside out.

Facilitators

Our network of facilitators are trusted and respected friends from across industry, who are on call to help us deliver programs around Australia.

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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