Before you read about the technical features of SmartyGrants, you need to know about our killer app – our team.
The SmartyGrants team is highly experienced in the grantmaking, grantseeking and technology arenas.
We also really care about our work. We’re passionate about creating positive social change – this underpins every single thing that we do to create accessible, commonsense solutions to improve the interactions between grantmakers and grantseekers of all sizes and types.
Group Leadership Team
Denis Moriarty, Our Community Founder and Group Managing Director
Denis is the founder of Our Community and its Group Managing Director. He has a strong background in executive management in both the public and private sectors. He was the former head of the Victorian Government’s Information Service, Managing Director of Strategic Australia Pty Ltd, a boutique management consultancy, and former Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Tourism Commission. Denis is a graduate of both the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Awards and the Williamson Community Leadership program, and a member of several not-for-profit and private boards. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.
Kathy Richardson, Our Community Executive Director & Chaos Controller
Kathy has more than a decade’s experience in overseeing grantmaking knowledge development and dissemination. She is also an experienced grantmaker and grantseeker, having held a range of roles with a number of not-for-profit and grantmaking organisations and networks. A former journalist, Kathy oversees the Our Community Group’s communications activities as well as helping to develop and embed technology reforms and new business directions. She was a founding team member for SmartyGrants. Kathy has a degree in journalism from RMIT and a long-standing interest in community and social justice issues. She was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in the 2014 innovation stream.
Sarah joined the SmartyGrants team in 2014, and now works on a number of data projects across Our Community. She has more than 10 years experience in consulting, systems architecture, training and management, working mainly on large-scale IT system replacements. Before joining SmartyGrants, Sarah spent two years working for an international NGO in London, first in their IT department and then as the coordinator for a multi-million dollar livelihoods project funded through a corporate grant. She is particularly interested in poverty reduction, ICT for development, and women’s rights and empowerment.
Anna joined Our Community in early 2015 as a Business Analyst, working with the SmartyGrants team. Anna has more than 10 years’ experience working on large-scale corporate IT projects across a variety of organisations in the finance, telecommunications, consulting and retail industries. Outside the office, Anna is actively involved with several community groups and not-for-profits, making Our Community an ideal place for her to work. Anna holds a Bachelor of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne.
Lars joined SmartyGrants in early 2016 after amassing nearly two decades of experience in digital and large enterprise IT as a software developer, architect and consultant. With a strong specialisation in Java EE, his expertise also encompasses a broad array of web and integration technologies, attained in a range of industries including banking, online retail, government and insurance. An advocate of open source software, Lars is enthusiastic about delivering robust, scalable and secure systems that are a pleasure to use. Lars holds a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University.
Paola trained as an Academic Researcher in Astrophysics was based at Swinburne University of Technology from 2012 to 2017. Now she is bringing her research and data science skills to Our Community's Innovation Lab. She is part of the "data science for good" movement, which seeks to keep not-for-profit organisations up to date with technology. Paola believes that everyone should have access to education. She followed this passion by co-founding the Organisation for Central American Astronomers: "Astronomia en Centroamerica", and by providing mentorship to students in underdeveloped countries. She was selected as an Uptake Data Fellow in 2018.
Business Development & Education
Georgie joined the team in March 2019 as Director, Education and Business Development. She brings a wealth of practiced and proven strategic leadership, honed from her many years leading teams in Commonwealth government grants administration. Georgie was in charge of the implementation and transformational roll out of SmartyGrants across 25 grant programs valued at over 80 million dollars. Georgie is available to work with clients by taking their latest challenges combining them with her real world experience, to design solutions that work and get it done. It's a very powerful combination, a SmartyGrants super user, a proven dynamic business processes designer and a strategic leader trusted by some of Australia's substantial grantmakers. We're excited by what this initiative means to our clients.
Charles is the Business Development Manager in the SmartyGrants team. With more than 35 years of global sales and customer engagement experience, Charles has worked with major IT hardware and software vendors in Australia and the USA, plus leasing companies involved in funding IT acquisitions. He commenced his career with IBM, and since 2000 he has focussed on business process driven solutions. Charles is also a voluntary member of the Business Development Board for one of Victoria’s regional health service providers that offers a range of health, welfare and community services.
Training Support & Service
David joined the SmartyGrants team in March 2019 as a Training and Support Specialist after an extended period working in Learning and Development in Tokyo, Japan. Originally working in research laboratories as an instrument technician, he has also held positions in fashion, logistics, hospitality and tourism. David is driven by helping people become the best they can be and has a passion for sports and gaming.
Gina is Our Community’s principal SmartyGrants trainer, a role that takes her across Australia and New Zealand helping grantmakers make the most out of our online grants management system. Gina’s varied work history includes stints as a Melbourne Zoo guide, a call centre operator, a GIS mapper, reconciliation manager, human resources coordinator and occupational health and safety trainer.
Ben is part of the support team for SmartyGrants. He has a Bachelor of Information Technology as well as an Advanced Diploma of Computer Science. His background includes technical support for the Australian Taxation Office and he also has two years experience as a small business IT consultant. Ben has a keen interest in cloud computing and strives for customer satisfaction.
Max joined Our Community as an Account Management & Support Specialist with the SmartyGrants team in 2019. He values high quality education in all aspects of grant management. A background in operations management, business administration, and degree lecturing drives his passion for development of people and processes in order to achieve excellence in work and education.Max is a graduate in music composition, business administration, and holds a postgraduate qualification in commerce. In his spare time he enjoys writing music for screen and mentoring higher education students in various disciplines of business in the creative industries.
Jodie heads up the AIGM’s service and training team, where she focuses on continual improvement of our interactions with clients and colleagues. Previously, Jodie worked in a variety of different roles from marketing and communications to membership to bank analyst to tour guide. Most recently, Jodie was immersed in the grantmaking world whilst working within the Research and Planning area at beyondblue. Jodie has a Diploma in Business Management, train-the-trainer qualifications and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems).
Georgia works as part of the SmartyGrants ‘service ninja’ team, as well as providing general administrative and customer service support to Our Community. She’s part-way through a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) degree. Georgia joined the Our Community team in March 2013, moving to Melbourne from Port Macquarie.
Irene Zelios Irene joined the SmartyGrants team in 2019 as an account management and support specialist. She has qualifications in member services, banking, business administration and training. Her previous job was as a ghost guide in Melbourne's notorious former Pentridge Prison.
Matthew Schulz is an experienced journalist, charged with writing and editing for a range of Our Community publications and websites. Matthew joined the Our Community team in 2017, and before that was a digital editor at the Herald Sun and Sunday Herald Sun, and reporter for the masthead's web and print editions. He has a shared Walkley Award for coverage of Victoria's devastating 2009 bushfires, and has an arts honours degree in Communications.
Jess joined Our Community early in 2016 to lead the SmartyGrants delivery team. She has more than 12 years' experience in the IT industry, from consulting with a niche software development company, to working with large-scale corporates. Starting her career as a Business Analyst, Jess has always been keen to understand customer requirements and ensure systems are built with users' experience at heart. Before joining SmartyGrants, she ran large scale IT projects in the banking sector. Her passion for community (in particular Scouting) makes Our Community a natural home.
Jimmy is a software developer with 20 years experience who is part of the SmartyGrants team. He brings with him experience in web-application development, design and architecture from industries such as publishing, utilities, education and finance. Jimmy is passionate about delivering user-friendly software of a high quality. He has an honours degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University.
Cecille joined Our Community as a SmartyGrants developer in December 2013. She worked as a developer in the Philippines and Singapore for more than a decade before migrating to Australia in 2011. Past roles have included developing, maintaining and supporting a range of web-based applications including an automated billing system, merchant and banking loyalty system, insurance system application and other in-house applications.
Val Luzano Val is a full-stack Java Developer working within the SmartyGrants, and has over a decade of experience working on Web and Server applications for Telecommunication and Digital Security Companies. He started his career in the Philippines and Singapore before coming to Australia in 2017. Val holds a Bachelors in Pure Mathematics from the University of the Philippines and is passionate about developing software that has a positive impact on the lives of people.
Jon is a developer of web applications and software-as-a-service. His background includes user experience design and applications programming on projects for the health, training, primary industries and transport sectors. He is passionate about ensuring that the software he works on is not only functional, but also easy and pleasant to use.
Tim brings more than 15 years of experience in web applications development and architecture to Our Community’s SmartyGrants team. Tim has developed software in online, telecommunication and finance industries. He is active in the Open Source community and is the author and maintainer of the popular JSCover project. He has a double degree in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne.
Nick joined Our Community’s SmartyGrants team as a Java developer in January 2015. He studied Computer Science at University of Canterbury and brings over 12 years of experience in web application development in small to enterprise scale projects. He is passionate about writing elegant code, improving systems and permaculture.
Tiehua joined Our Community’s SmartyGrants team in July 2015 as an intern Java developer. He has a computer science bachelor degree from JiLin University in China, where he was rewarded as one of the annual outstanding graduates. Tiehua is currently studying a Master of Information Technology (Distributed Computing) student at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about developing user-friendly software and devoted to improving functionality.