Our Team

Dion McCurdy Founder and CEO   Dion is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the School of Political Science at UQ. He is our democracy and politics expert and one of the main drivers of NewVote. He has degrees in political science, psychology and law. He has managed a small business and is a practising solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Dion McCurdy
Founder and CEO

Dion is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the School of Political Science at UQ. He is our democracy and politics expert and one of the main drivers of NewVote. He has degrees in political science, psychology and law. He has managed a small business and is a practising solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Hamish Pratt Founder and Director   Hamish is the public face of NewVote. He has degrees in journalism and acting. He also manages his family agricultural business in Georgetown, rural South Australia.

Hamish Pratt
Founder and Director

Hamish is the public face of NewVote. He has degrees in journalism and acting. He also manages his family agricultural business in Georgetown, rural South Australia.

Tom Wensley Director and Head of Partnerships   Tom is our nonprofits expert. He has degrees in political science, sociology and law. He is also currently the Brisbane area manager of AIME (the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).

Tom Wensley
Director and Head of Partnerships

Tom is our nonprofits expert. He has degrees in political science, sociology and law. He is also currently the Brisbane area manager of AIME (the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience).

 
Helen Stump Founder   A dynamic thinker and talented artist, Helen created our NewVote brand. Helen is a practising, qualified graphic designer with Alleyoop Group but is not active with NewVote at the moment.

Helen Stump
Founder

A dynamic thinker and talented artist, Helen created our NewVote brand. Helen is a practising, qualified graphic designer with Alleyoop Group but is not active with NewVote at the moment.

Nichola Cooper Head of Research   Nichola is a practising psychotherapist and academic researcher, undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast on the future of trust in an advancing technological era. Nichola has also been working in the digital democracies space for many years.

Nichola Cooper
Head of Research

Nichola is a practising psychotherapist and academic researcher, undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast on the future of trust in an advancing technological era. Nichola has also been working in the digital democracies space for many years.

Rohan Richards Chief Technology Officer   Rohan is a software developer with Quartermoon Designs where he has built countless apps. He built the majority of our prototype and will now oversee the development of NewVote's iOS and Android apps.

Rohan Richards
Chief Technology Officer

Rohan is a software developer with Quartermoon Designs where he has built countless apps. He built the majority of our prototype and will now oversee the development of NewVote's iOS and Android apps.

 
Sean Magin UX / UI Lead   Sean is a front end web designer, passionate about designing Engaging Interactive User Experiences for the Web.

Sean Magin
UX / UI Lead

Sean is a front end web designer, passionate about designing Engaging Interactive User Experiences for the Web.

Harsh Pandya Software Developer   Harsh is a software developer, passionate about open source projects that aim to improve the human condition through the use of technology. He is currently working for ThoughtWorks Australia.

Harsh Pandya
Software Developer

Harsh is a software developer, passionate about open source projects that aim to improve the human condition through the use of technology. He is currently working for ThoughtWorks Australia.

Jay Agrawal IT Advisor   Jay is a software engineer at ISW. He was the early designer of our prototype and he provides high-level support for our IT team.

Jay Agrawal
IT Advisor

Jay is a software engineer at ISW. He was the early designer of our prototype and he provides high-level support for our IT team.

 
Jose Bishop Strategist   Jose toured the world with Cirque du Soleil before studying business and commerce and developing an app. He is currently a Team Leader at Flight Centre Australia

Jose Bishop
Strategist

Jose toured the world with Cirque du Soleil before studying business and commerce and developing an app. He is currently a Team Leader at Flight Centre Australia

Sally Aldridge Business Advisor   Sally is a Product Manager in the San Fransisco area. She is a lean startup and design thinking practitioner and likes to play in the intersection of engineering, design and business.

Sally Aldridge
Business Advisor

Sally is a Product Manager in the San Fransisco area. She is a lean startup and design thinking practitioner and likes to play in the intersection of engineering, design and business.

Juanita Wheeler Marketing Strategist   Juanita is Managing Director at Full & Frank, Licensee at TEDxBrisbane and TEDx Speaker. Juanita is a strategic consultant specialising in nonprofits.

Juanita Wheeler
Marketing Strategist

Juanita is Managing Director at Full & Frank, Licensee at TEDxBrisbane and TEDx Speaker. Juanita is a strategic consultant specialising in nonprofits.

 

Speakers and Ambassadors

Patrick Orme ACT Speaker   Pat has a wealth of experience from his time in nonprofits. He is currently a Senior Officer at Reconciliation Australia and NewVote's man on the ground in Canberra.

Patrick Orme
ACT Speaker

Pat has a wealth of experience from his time in nonprofits. He is currently a Senior Officer at Reconciliation Australia and NewVote's man on the ground in Canberra.

Alfonso Coronel Ecuador Ambassador   Alfonso is an Ecuadorean and Brazilian entrepreneur. He has a degree in geography from the UQ and has his own start-up. Alfonso is most passionate about large scale projects with measurable impact.

Alfonso Coronel
Ecuador Ambassador


Alfonso is an Ecuadorean and Brazilian entrepreneur. He has a degree in geography from the UQ and has his own start-up. Alfonso is most passionate about large scale projects with measurable impact.

John Hooke US Ambassador   John has a degree in political science and philosophy from UQ and is passionate about getting young people to care about governance. He is currently in North America making connections with higher education institutions.

John Hooke
US Ambassador

John has a degree in political science and philosophy from UQ and is passionate about getting young people to care about governance. He is currently in North America making connections with higher education institutions.

Holly Pearce Ambassador and Marketing Lead   Holly is a graphic designer and marketing content creator pursuing a degree in Psychological Science. She is passionate about communication and social connection.

Holly Pearce
Ambassador and Marketing Lead


Holly is a graphic designer and marketing content creator pursuing a degree in Psychological Science. She is passionate about communication and social connection.

Stephen Horne Ambassador and Marketing Team   Stephen is studying business management at UQ, majoring in marketing and advertising. He loves playing soccer socially and working out. He's also a tech fanatic who aims to harness the advantages of marketing through digital means.

Stephen Horne
Ambassador and Marketing Team

Stephen is studying business management at UQ, majoring in marketing and advertising. He loves playing soccer socially and working out. He's also a tech fanatic who aims to harness the advantages of marketing through digital means.

Andrew Omowaire Ambassador   Andrew is a commerce and science student at UQ, majoring in business information systems. He is passionate about using technology to further include everyone in the democratic process

Andrew Omowaire
Ambassador

Andrew is a commerce and science student at UQ, majoring in business information systems. He is passionate about using technology to further include everyone in the democratic process

 

Research Committee

Nichola Cooper    Chairperson   Nichola is a practising psychotherapist and academic researcher, undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast on the future of trust in an advancing technological era.  Nichola has also been working in the digital democracies space for many years, having come to us from her work at MiVote.

Nichola Cooper
Chairperson


Nichola is a practising psychotherapist and academic researcher, undertaking a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast on the future of trust in an advancing technological era.

Nichola has also been working in the digital democracies space for many years, having come to us from her work at MiVote.

Prof. John Flood    John is the Inaugural Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University where he is also a Professor of Law and Society.  John is interested in the interaction of technology and law and has a special interest in the future of law, blockchain, smart contracts, and ICOs

Prof. John Flood

John is the Inaugural Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith University where he is also a Professor of Law and Society.

John is interested in the interaction of technology and law and has a special interest in the future of law, blockchain, smart contracts, and ICOs

Dr Jane Thomason    Jane is the Chief Executive of Blockchain Quantum Impact and the Global Ambassador of both the British Blockchain Association and the Abt Centre for Digital Transformation.  Jane is recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist, Dr Jane is a passionate advocate for Blockchain & digital technologies for social impact, education and empowerment of women and Women in Blockchain.

Dr Jane Thomason

Jane is the Chief Executive of Blockchain Quantum Impact and the
Global Ambassador of both the British Blockchain Association and the Abt Centre for Digital Transformation.

Jane is recognised in Forbes Magazine (2018) as Blockchain’s Leading Social Development Evangelist, Dr Jane is a passionate advocate for Blockchain & digital technologies for social impact, education and empowerment of women and Women in Blockchain.

Tim Cadman    Tim is a research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law at Griffith University.  Tim has been closely engaged in environmental and sustainable trade-related activities around the Pacific Rim countries and beyond since 1992 and have travelled widely within the region. His main areas of expertise are in global environmental governance, responsible investment, sustainable forestry, and climate change.

Tim Cadman

Tim is a research Fellow at the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law at Griffith University.

Tim has been closely engaged in environmental and sustainable trade-related activities around the Pacific Rim countries and beyond since 1992 and have travelled widely within the region. His main areas of expertise are in global environmental governance, responsible investment, sustainable forestry, and climate change.

Dr Marta Poblet    Marta is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University and the Director of the Developing Research Leaders Program at the university’s College of Business.  Marta’s interests are the intersection of law, political sciences, and technology. Specifically the connections between technology developments (AI, blockchain, human computer interaction) and the different theories of democracy and citizenship.

Dr Marta Poblet

Marta is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT University and the Director of the Developing Research Leaders Program at the university’s College of Business.

Marta’s interests are the intersection of law, political sciences, and technology. Specifically the connections between technology developments (AI, blockchain, human computer interaction) and the different theories of democracy and citizenship.

Dr Andrew Klassen    Dr Klassen is a political science lecturer at Charles Darwin University.  Andrew’s main research interests cover comparative public opinion and political institution design. More specifically, he researches the links between institutional or political system design and public support or behaviour. For example, how the design of national parliaments, electoral systems, and political institutions affect satisfaction with democracy, political trust, and rates of voter turnout.

Dr Andrew Klassen

Dr Klassen is a political science lecturer at Charles Darwin University.

Andrew’s main research interests cover comparative public opinion and political institution design. More specifically, he researches the links between institutional or political system design and public support or behaviour. For example, how the design of national parliaments, electoral systems, and political institutions affect satisfaction with democracy, political trust, and rates of voter turnout.