Luke developed SafetyCulture after 7 years working in the workers compensation industry. His focus on solving industry problems is evident as far back as 2004, when he developed a system to provide generic safe work method statements for the construction industry in Australia. He reduced the costs for compliance by 90% and developed an online marketing model for the delivery of products in an industry that was built around consultancy services until that time.
Luke’s deep industry knowledge continues to guide the product development at SafetyCulture, ensure that there is a continual focus on solving the most significant and relevant problems facing the safety and compliance industry.
Sara is an experienced marketing professional whose leadership contributed to the growth of several technology companies in every stage, from seed funding to acquisition. With expertise in both start-up and mature enterprise organizations, Sara brings more than 16 years of experience to the SafetyCulture brand.
John is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years global financial management experience. His career has been in the information technology & communication industry and he currently advises a number of Australian tech start-ups and US tech subsidiaries. John holds an MBA, a degree & diploma in financial management and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors. After 20 years working with listed industrial companies in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong, John moved to Silicon Valley during the tech boom.
From 1998 to 2001, John was Vice President – Finance of Identix Inc, the global leader in biometric identification, which was listed on NASDAQ.
He returned to Australia in 2002 and was most recently the Chief Financial Officer for Atlassian (2006 – 2011), the highly successful private Australian software development tools business. During this period, Atlassian grew from $10M turnover with 50 people in 2 offices to $110M with 500 people in 6 locations. John’s role, apart from financially managing the organic and acquisitive growth, was to make the organisation "investment ready".
In 2010 Accel Partners acquired a 15% stake in Atlassian. Focusing on tech companies, John has advised on capital raising & restructure, international tax strategy, international acquisitions, ESOPs, treasury & FX management, IP protection and government incentives. He is also well experienced in licensing and revenue recognition of software, both Behind The Firewall and In The Cloud.
Gillian has over 15 years experience in finance, strategy and business development. She started her career in top tier professional services - focused on enterprise risk management - and has held a number of executive positions in listed companies in addition to technology-based start-ups.
She is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rick attends all SafetyCulture board meetings and actively participates in company strategy meetings and discussions. Rick is a Managing Director of Blackbird Ventures in Sydney and prior to Blackbird, Rick was responsible for MLC’s venture capital portfolio with investments and commitments of over half a billion dollars.
At MLC, Rick built a portfolio of venture fund investments alongside a group of the most successful venture capital funds in Silicon Valley and globally. Rick has also invested directly into tech companies, both from Australia and the US.
Prior to MLC, Rick co-founded two successful software companies. The first, IDC Global, is a leading provider of software for the real estate industry. The second, Right Party Connect, produces notification systems for financial institutions. Right Party Connect was sold to UK-based company Adeptra in 2007 and is now Adeptra Australia.
Rick is a passionate supporter of Australian technology companies. He is on the board of Shoes of Prey; an advisor to Posse, Canva and Wooboard; an investor in Bugglegum Interactive and Pygg; and on the Advisory Council of Pollenizer.
Scott provides advice, input and introductions on a weekly basis. He has attended the SafetyCulture offices in Townsville and Sydney, he provides mentoring for team members and works closely with Luke and Anton to develop the product and marketing strategies.
Scott is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, an award-winning enterprise software company with more than 43,000 large and small organizations as customers. Atlassian has a current market cap of $4 billion.
Scott was awarded the ‘Australian IT Professional of the Year’ in 2004, and in 2006 was the youngest person ever to be awarded the ‘Australian Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young.
Scott graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology, and is a member of YPO and the Australian School of Business Alumni Leaders Network.
Niki attends all SafetyCulture board meetings along with Rick Baker. Niki provides accountability and advice across many areas of SafetyCulture’s operations.
Niki is a Managing Director and co-founder of Blackbird Ventures. Before Blackbird Ventures, he founded Startmate, one of Australia’s pre-eminent incubators and prior to that, Niki founded Homethinking, a US-based online real estate site which helps property owners choose a real estate agent by ranking agents on their sales history and customer reviews.
He was awarded a cooperative scholarship to study Business Information Technology at the University of New South Wales, graduating with distinction.
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