Meet our team of values-driven, creative, and skilled people who are redesigning government for the 21st century
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 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.
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.
Head of Delivery
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.
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 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.
Our Founding Team continue to coach and advise Base Team and the wider community. Our Founders also serve as our Board of Directors.
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
Head of Innovation, PwC Australia
Director - Digital Engagement, Dept. of Premier and Cabinet Victoria
Ex-Fellow and Full Stack Developer
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.
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.
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.
Our Associates are those who have graduated from our Fellowship program and are continuing to work with their government partner through Code for Australia.
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.
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.
Our network of facilitators are trusted and respected friends from across industry, who are on call to help us deliver programs around Australia.
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.
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 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.
Tech for Non Tech Lead
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.
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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We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging across Australia.