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 + People

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 about 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!) 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. To read more about our Board, head here.

Irina Anastasiu

Irina Anastasiu

Ex-Fellow, Full-Stack Software Architect & UX Designer

Lizzie O'Shea

Lizzie O'Shea

Lawyer, Writer, Founder & Chair of Digital Rights Watch

Judy Anderson

Judy Anderson

CEO at Start Up Victoria

Tien-Ti Mak

Tien-Ti Mak

Director & Co-CEO at Premonition.io

Jithma Beneragama

Jithma Beneragama

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

Anni Rowland-Campbell

Anni Rowland-Campbell

Non Executive Director at Founders and Coders

Mark Woodland

Mark Woodland

CEO at Xplor, TSG & QK Technologie

Alvaro Maz

Alvaro Maz

Jacob Lindsay

Jacob Lindsay

Daniel Groch

Daniel Groch

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.

Jordan Binskin

Jordan Binskin

Partner: Smart Service Queensland

Jordan is a web developer, residing in Sydney. He has a background in digital transformation projects, bringing technical and project management skills to the delivery phase.

From scripting web servers to building user interfaces, he is empathetic in his practice. This results in end products that are functional, accessible and best address the needs of the user.

He continues to code into his spare time, whether it be learning a new paradigm or 3D libraries. When he needs a break, his hobbies include cooking, a walk in the mountains or playing MMORPGs. Check out his website here. 

Nishtha Gakkhar

Nishtha Gakkhar

Partner: Smart Service Queensland

Nishtha is a software developer who graduated from Monash University Australia. She has worked in IT with exposure to banking, music, and environmental industries. With a background of computer science, she is an enthusiast of learning new technologies and engaging in meetups.

She tries to look out for more environmentally friendly options around her. She is a fervent cricket supporter and a dog lover. 

Apart from engaging in tech, she likes to go for long walks, cook, and dance. On weekends, you can find her enjoying movies or DIY projects and markets.

Daniel Turner

Daniel Turner

Partner: Smart Service Queensland

Daniel is a software engineer who lives on the Sunshine Coast. With a background in software architecture, management and team leadership. Daniel always enjoys learning from all his team members.

 For over twenty years Daniel has worked in software engineering, developing for enterprise and startups. He enjoys working with the right technologies and ensuring that the end user experience is as ideal as possible.

 His hobbies include developing software and volleyball. On the weekend Daniel loves spending his time with his wife and kids.

Madeline Druce

Madeline Druce

Partner: City of Canterbury Bankstown

Being fascinated by the complexities of humans from a young age, Madeline worked in a range of different industries around the world after leaving university. 

After almost 10 years of running her own photography business, Madeline was ready for a new challenge and began studying both UX and Service Design in 2019.

Maddie has been fortunate enough to work for some fantastic Melbourne based start ups and scale ups as an Experience Designer. She has passion for the environment and the Circular Economy and enjoys learning as much as possible about how we can grow and educate ourselves towards making a more sustainable future. 

In her spare time she can be found adventuring in her van, Van Diesel, most likely surfing, rock climbing, hiking or riding her bike.

Russell Johnson-Bade

Russell Johnson-Bade

Partner: City of Canterbury Bankstown

Russell is a software engineer that calls Newcastle, NSW his home town. He comes from a self-taught background and has many years experience both working in small teams and as part of a multi-national company.

He loves programming due to its accessibility and potential for making a large positive impact.

He tries to lead with empathy in everything he does, whether that be playing sport, exploring nature or solving problems at work. He loves music, the outdoors and spends too much time watching soccer (go The Arsenal!).

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

Partner: City of Canterbury Bankstown

Alex holds the record for most Fellowships ever undertaken at Code for Australia with City of Canterbury Bankstown being his third!

With over a decade of experience as a developer and designer, Alex is an avid tinkerer and experimenter.

In his free time he enjoys dipping his toes into the worlds of electronics, microcontrollers, realtime performance visuals and lighting, DJing and music production. 

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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