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 to small French Pacific islands has been one of her greatest joys. 

In her work, Cass noticed a lack of digital innovation was preventing her clients from receiving better services. Working for Code for Australia, she’s excited to be part of an organisation helping to change this.

In her free time, Cass is usually geeking out over board games, gorging on chocolate, or painting her next commission.

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.

Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian Rodriguez

Government Partner: Legal Aid NSW

Adrian is a systems engineer from the Industrial University of Santander in 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 of coffee

Vlad Tudor

Vlad Tudor

Government Partner: Legal Aid NSW

Vlad is a Data Scientist seeking to bring positive change to ordinary people and the natural environment by finding insights through data and conversations.

With a background in astrophysics, he always starts out by looking for simple answers to problems he’s facing. The best solutions are often found by talking to those most affected by the problem.

When he’s not at the office, he may be out exploring the bush, perhaps watching a creek flow in a grove of gum trees.

Marya Bautista

Marya Bautista

Government Partner: Legal Aid NSW

Marya is a designer and maker based in Sydney. Her work aims to look into human-centred research and social impact through a curious lens in order to present thoughtful solutions to everyday and monumental issues. She is passionate about collaborating with innovative and purpose-led teams to deliver experiences that make a positive impact on communities and business practices.  

In her spare time, Marya likes tinkering with her 3D printer or learning about aquaponics. You can find her sipping on a morning smoothie made from wheatgrass grown in her tank with the help of her fish Paris and Nicole

Lucas Cumsille

Lucas Cumsille

Partner: Logan Together

Lucas is a web developer and future designer based in Melbourne. He is passionate about learning new skills, collaborating with his team, building a great relationship with his partners and finding solutions for every daily challenge.

Lucas also has a wide range of skills; he used to work as a business consultant in Chile and has two diplomas in Project management.

His hobbies are writing, reading and hiking. He loves relaxing in the evening with his partner watching movies, playing video games and cooking

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Partner: Logan Together

Chris is a UX Designer who lives in Melbourne. With a background spanning User Interface Design, Chemistry, and Web Development, Chris is always looking for new ways to apply his skills to tackle pressing social problems.

Chris brings an element of warmth, compassion and inclusivity into his team. By getting to know users, he sheds light on opportunities and helps nurture meaningful digital experiences.

His hobbies include taking dance classes, hiking, yoga, painting, and learning Spanish. On the weekends, you’ll find him spending time by the ocean or walking in the bush with his partner.

Associates

The amazing folks who continue our work with Government Partners when Fellowships have been extended. 

Aainaa Rahman

Aainaa Rahman

Government Partner: Hobsons Bay City Council

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Government Partner: Hobsons Bay City Counsil

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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