Tim is an experienced finance professional and company director, with a broad and deep experience across national and multi-national businesses. His previous roles include, Group Financial Controller for Bulla Dairy Foods, General Manager for Nicholas Crowder property management, Financial Director for Seal Analytical Ltd and International Financial Controller for LTX Europe Ltd.
Matt den Elzen
Matt den Elzen has over 25 years’ experience across investment management, strategy consulting and marketing & management roles in large public companies, privately-held growth businesses and start-ups. His broad industry exposure ranges from advising ASX-50 and Fortune 500 executives at The Boston Consulting Group to roles developing privately owned businesses in the catalogue retail and food markets. He has served as a director in both commercial and not-for-profit environments, and now operates as Investment Manager for Scanlon Capital where he has assumed directorships for both Melbourne Martini Pty Ltd (Chair) and Cloud Paper Group Pty Ltd.
David Eedle - CTO
David has more than 25 years’ experience across the governance, management, marketing, and technology of small to medium digital enterprises, working in Australia and the USA. He has architected numerous online platforms with a specific focus on software-as-a-service content and administration systems, and together with Fiona Boyd he has brought that experience to bear through co-founding multiple technology companies with successful exits. David has a passion for the ways technology can solve everyday problems in business and community, and sees EdSmart as the perfect vehicle to help and support educators and administrators worldwide. David spends way too much time on aeroplanes, but when not at work his normal habitat is watching his children play sport or musical instruments (not concurrently). David spent the 80s and 90s working backstage in music and theatre, but doesn’t remember much – it was that kind of time.
As Managing Director of Radi8, the trusted market entry and expansion service for growth stage technology companies, Claire leads global headhunting projects for high growth businesses across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. She co-founded the Australia’s #Tech Diversity awards, leading 13 industry groups and businesses to drive a culture of inclusion across Australian technology industries. Claire also serves as an Industry Advisory board member for the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics at Deakin University, with a primary interest in increasing the number of young girls choosing STEM subjects.
Brady is the Executive Chairman of his private investment company Scanlon Capital, which has investments in multiple sectors, including Property, Craft Brewing and Technology. Investee companies includes Esco Pacific, Capital Brewing, Hemingway Brewery, Burleigh Brewing, Melbourne Martini, Two Bays Brewery, Cloud Paper Group and Sports Performance Tracking. Scanlon Capital works with the management and shareholders to grow businesses by: enhancing the business strategy focusing on creative commercial solutions; supporting the business with growth capital for expansion or M&A to create medium to long term shareholder value; providing a commercial sounding board for management; sourcing appropriate financial, strategic and legal expertise as required; and ensuring appropriate standards of financial discipline, reporting and corporate governance. Brady is also a director of the Scanlon Foundation, which has a strong focus on social cohesion, and a board member at the North Melbourne Football Club.
The EdSmart Team
Fiona Boyd - CEO
A former ABC broadcaster, Fiona is one of Australia’s earliest and most successful start-up entrepreneurs. In 2000 she co-founded Arts Hub and grew the business to a paid subscriber base of 10,000+. Arts Hub was sold in 2006 and the business is still serving creative communities today. Fiona also co-founded sister site, Screen Hub and various other online businesses, including REmessenger, a social platform for real estate agents, which sold to partners in Silicon Valley and Folk Like Me, an early social network for communities of interest. Fiona is passionate about using technology to empower relationships and a greater good, dedicating her career to building businesses that serve communities by solving big problems. She is a mother of three, a dedicated runner, and follows a deeply held meditation practice.
Sam Sapuppo - Schools Advisor
Sam is a committed educationalist who believes in the transformative power of community and human-centered technology. He spent 30 years in various educational leadership roles, including Director of Community Relations at Xavier College in Melbourne. A teacher and facilitator, he is passionate about empowering schools with the best resources possible to make a lifelong impact – it was this that initially drew him to EdSmart as an investor. Sam applies his extensive experience working with teachers, administrators and school communities to help customers succeed brilliantly using EdSmart. He also works as a consultant for the Good Education Group and a media commentator on education.
Theresa Klunk - Customer Support Manager
Theresa, a self-professed ‘Ameristralian’, has worked as senior technical support engineer and specialist for a number of leading software organisations in Australia and the United States. Initially trained as a computer scientist, Theresa’s love of helping people get the most out of their technologies led her into the customer support and success space. When she’s not trouble-shooting, Theresa trains at an all-women’s powerlifting facility, brunches often and enjoys watching Netflix with her cats.
Richard Le Bas - Partnerships & Customer Experience Manager
Richard is a seasoned Customer Success professional with over 11 years of experience. His experience and skills are in taking startups to the next level in their journey. Richard’s passion is customers and ensuring their experience is one they tell others about. His background is IT which allows him to engage with all levels of the hierarchy.
Sonja sums up her attitude to life as boundless curiosity and wonder. To earn a crust, she has typically worked in technical and creative IT roles, having spent 26 years in IT of some sort, and the last 15 or so years acting along the lines of ‘solutions architect’; making sure software technology choices, development processes and architecture work effectively for organisations. She loves her work – it gives her the chance to be both rigorous and inventive. Outside of work, Sonja balances her time between learning, enjoying the company of her partner of 18 years and cat, and addressing social injustice, especially through spreading awareness and education. She has lived a privileged life by being white and able bodied, but as she is transgender and a woman, also experiences discrimination. Sonja is passionate about exploring the intersection of various forms of privilege and marginalisation.
Anushe Khan - Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Anushe is trained in policy and development at the University of Melbourne. She has worked with Amnesty International, the Islamic Council of Victoria and the Refugee and Migrant Children Centre. She helps the Sales and Marketing teams at EdSmart keep everything running smoothly and works with the Smart School Community to help tell their stories.
Kai Vedanayagam - Customer Success Agent/Trainer
Kailash has a background in Accounting/Finance but he has endeavoured to be in customer facing roles throughout his career. He loves interacting and training clients. In the past, this has prompted him to start his own business as a Driving Instructor. Kailash has a desire to spread joy through this smile and laughter and strives for positive client experiences no what matter what the situation entails. He loves going to The 1000 steps Kokoda Track Memorial for walks, often 3-4 times a week, playing tennis and snowboarding.